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Corn Belt Crops To Avoid 'Dog Days' of Summer
DES MOINES, Iowa — After the Midwestern crops get done soaking up this week’s recent rains, cool weather is set to prevail before a hot weekend.
Over the next two days, the highest amounts of rain are expected to be recorded in the southern half of the Corn Belt.
In fact, Dale Mohler, AccuWeather meteorologist, says the southern half of the Corn Belt will be wet for the rest of the week.
“Especially since we had a strong thunderstorm complex over the last 10 hours move across Iowa and Illinois, with 1 to 2 inches of rain in a lot of locations,” Mohler says. Another good round of rainfall is expected later tonight and into tomorrow (Wednesday) from Nebraska through Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois.
Indiana and Ohio crops are set for a drink today and tomorrow, as well.
Everybody dries out by Thursday, Mohler says.
Things turn cooler, beginning Thursday.
“For instance, St. Louis, Missouri, recorded 95°F. on Tuesday. Yet, it will drop to 80°F. for a high on Thursday,” Mohler says. In Minneapolis, Thursday’s high temperature will dip to 72°F., below a normal high of 79°F. at this time of the year.
To start next week, the Corn Belt could see temperatures in the low 90s in the south and mid-80s across the north.
With every rain event, there are some farmers who complain they didn’t get a drop. This week, it’s farmers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and northern Ohio who didn’t get the rain, Mohler says.
“I don’t see those areas getting much out of the recent rain events,” Mohler says. “However, there is another front coming from the west next week. So, they might make up for it, with chances of .5 to 1 inch of rain early next week. That front will be widespread.”
Combining the rain totals already received with what is expected to fall for the rest of the month, the northwest section of the Corn Belt could end up with 150% of normal rainfall in August, according to AccuWeather.
Likewise, the heart of the Corn Belt is expected to have 80% to 110% of normal August rainfall. Also, the Michigan area is expected to total 75% to 80% of normal rainfall.
September Weather Outlook
As the southern Corn Belt farmers get rolling on harvest, it could be a little wetter than they would like, Mohler says.
“We are seeing possibilities of above-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures for September. But none of this weather should be a problem for early harvest activity,” Mohler says.