While cooler weather is expected in the eastern Corn Belt this week, hot and dry conditions will remain for much of the U.S. this week. That’s according to USDA’s agricultural weather highlights published Tuesday.
Widely scattered rain showers primarily will be situated in western Nebraska and the Dakotas, while temperatures elsewhere on the Plains will range from 90 to 100 degrees. Pastures and rain-fed crops are under stress in areas with limited soil moisture.
Dry conditions remain in much of the Corn Belt, with heat returning to the far upper Midwest. Recent rainfall has helped stabilize corn and soybeans in parts of the northern and eastern Corn Belt, though the remainder of the region remains "unfavorably dry," USDA says.
Concerns about heat have some worried, notes Kevin Van Trump, who writes the "Current Marketing Thoughts" blog.
"While there is starting to be talk of the U.S. corn yield falling to sub-150 levels, there is more talk that the soybean yield could ultimately be sub-40 bushels per acre, a number that simply will not pencil," Van Trump says.
Showers are expected in the southern Atlantic states, and scattered rain is expected in western states on the heels of the former Tropical Storm Kiko. Scattered readings below 40 degrees Fahrenheit are possible mid- to late-week between the Great Lakes and the interior Northeast.
Click here to read the full USDA weather report.