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Off-And-On Rainy Weather to Stall End of Corn Planting

Good news for the western half of the Midwest: Through Friday, the forecast should be relatively rain free. 

Bad news for those still planting: The off-and-on rainy weather marches on.

“Overall, it’s a neutral forecast as far as finishing up planting,” says Dale Mohler, senior Accuweather meteorologist. “However, it may be a struggle to get that last 5% to 10% of corn in the ground in wetter areas.”

Precipitation to Expect

It’s not likely that any widespread flooding will occur again in the next couple weeks, but downpours shouldn’t be surprising. According to Mohler, western Midwest states look pretty dry until Saturday, but Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, farmers will be battling an inch or so of rain Wednesday into Thursday. 

“Friday and Saturday look a little drier in the east, then showers could come in later on,” Mohler says. “In Iowa and Wisconsin, in localized areas, an inch to two inches or more of rain could fall.”

That rain will hit parts of Iowa on Saturday and Wisconsin on Saturday night into Sunday. 

Early next week should be dry most places, but cool and rainy near the Great Lakes. On Wednesday night or Thursday, a front will bring rain across the Corn Belt. “Anywhere in the Belt could get up to an inch of rain, then stay dry for a few days, but then rains will come the following week,” Mohler says. “We’re in a pattern of rain once every three or four days.”

Temperatures Staying Lower

Instead of balmy, sunshine-filled days, much of the Midwest has been experiencing below normal temperatures and overcast or storm-filled skies. That’s likely not going to change much in the next couple weeks.

“There will be a couple days later this week that are near normal, 70s and low 80s, but the east is going to stay lower this week,” Mohler says. “I don’t see a lot of hope for next week either.”

Temperature-wise, farmers will see below normal figures for the next 10 days or so, but that should change once the summer months strike.

Looking to Summer

Mohler considers summer to consist of June, July, and August, as temperatures are highest during those three months. A couple months ago, Mohler and his team were thinking this summer would be quite a bit warmer than the average temperatures. Now, the meteorologists are predicting that temperatures will likely only be 0.5 to 1.5 degrees above normal summer temperatures. 

“We’re headed toward another pretty good year for yields, if that forecast is correct,” says Mohler. “The core of the Midwest will have normal temperatures this summer and adequate rainfall.”

The only area that the Accuweather team is mildly concerned about is the Northern Plains into the Canadian prairies, which may be a little too dry and hot over the three summer months. 

For a broader look at the weather that’s in store for the 2017 growing season, click here.

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