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Planting delay focus shifts north

While most of the focus with regards to planting delay problems this spring has been on the eastern Corn Belt (rightly so, given that we will probably plant a lot of the corn crop in that area in June this year), the focus for the next week will be in the northern Plains and the Canadian prairies.

That is an area that still has a lot of spring wheat left to plant (the U.S. spring wheat planting pace as of this past Monday was the second slowest in at least 25 years; southeastern Saskatchewan has planted just 24 percent of their crops while southwestern Manitoba has planted just 10 percent in data released this week) and is an area that saw rain last night and will see more over the next five days.

Some places in the western Canadian prairies had over an inch of rain through midnight, and rain in the northern Plains had reached the Red River by early this morning. The northern Plains will have rainfall chances through Monday while the prairie provinces have rain chances through Tuesday; a particularly big storm will be impacting those areas on Monday.

All of those areas will likely see one to two inches of rain in the period, which means a lot of June spring wheat planting this year (if, in some places, it gets done at all). Western and northern parts of the Corn Belt will see significant rains this weekend as well (best amounts and coverage as you go further northwest) but we are now into a welcome drier pattern for southeastern areas.

A warm and dry weather pattern will dominate much of the Nation for the 6-10 day time frame, with only far northeastern and far northwestern parts of the country set to see normal rainfall in that period. Extreme heat will be seen near-term in the southern Plains with highs in some spots to 110. Monday/Tuesday of next week is going to be a warm/humid period in the Midwest, with good indications that June 4 may be a day with lots of 90s in the Corn Belt.

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