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Weather 'hurdles' ahead
Surprise thunderstorms overnight in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles are coming far too late to help out the wheat crop in that area, but are certainly going to help conditions in regards to summer row-crop planting. Not everyone in that area is getting these rains, but those locations that are under the strongest thunderstorms are getting over an inch. Look for that activity to end by mid-morning and dry weather will be seen in that area for the rest of the five-day forecast.
The rest of the hard-red winter wheat belt has rain chances for today and in some areas tomorrow, and chances are good that a lot of this will be quite severe in nature. Rains this morning in the Corn Belt are mainly in the west, and this activity marks the start of what will be an active period of weather that will last through at least the end of the weekend (or even into Monday in the east).
Most of the Corn Belt will see anywhere from one to two inches of rain in that period, but locally even heavier. Obviously that is not good news for areas that still have corn to plant, but is needed rain in the west where soils have dried out so much that some newly planted corn is sitting in dry dirt. Record-high temperatures in a large part of Iowa and nearby areas yesterday only served to speed up the drying process and make the coming rain that much more needed.
Much of the Nation's midsection will be dry again for especially around Tuesday of next week, but rains will move back into parts of the Plains on Wednesday, into the western Corn Belt on Thursday, and into the eastern Corn Belt on Friday and that may start another period of wet weather that entails much of the 11-15 day time frame. We still thus are going to have a lot of hurdles to cross before we finally get the final acres of this year's corn, spring wheat, and soybean crops in the ground.
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