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June corn planting on horizon

This is going to be a very wet work-week period for the Midwest and nearby areas, certainly the last thing that a lot of that area wanted to see given that there is still a fair amount of corn to be planted. Most of the substantial rain will be in southern parts of the Midwest for today through tomorrow, but will be lifting northward again for tomorrow night to put the heart of the region in wet weather on Wednesday and eastern parts of region will be wet right through Thursday.

We will probably end the work-week with a fresh batch of rains moving in from the west. For the next five days, heavy amounts of rain on the order of two to four inches and locally even more will be seen in large parts of Nebraska, eastern Kansas, southern Iowa, southern Michigan, and much of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

I would look for the national corn planting pace to be at 79 percent done for this afternoon's report (versus 82% last year and a five-year average of 87%) and the above- mentioned forecast would imply very little getting done this week. Thus, we are looking at significant amounts of corn being planted in June this year in especially Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

 At least the forecast does suggest that such planting can take place, as most of the Midwest will dry out for the 6-10 and 11-15 day time frames with temperatures quite warm as well. Probably the best chances for rain in the 6-10 day time frame will be in the northern Plains, so that area will continue to struggle to get spring grain and summer row crop planting finished up.

 After great rains late last week, much of Kansas and nearby areas will see additional nice rains through Wednesday, but we will continue to short-change far southwestern Kansas southward through the panhandles (so still a very bad situation in place for the big dryland cotton crop of West Texas).

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