The National Weather Service 6- to 10-day outlook is a mixed bag for the Corn Belt. A band of below-normal temps are expected to stretch from the upper Midwest south to the Gulf, encompassing most of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri as well as the eastern halves of South Dakota and Nebraska. Chilly temps are also expected along the western edges of Wisconsin and Illinois. The areas on either side of this band through the Corn Belt are expected to see normal temps.
The extended forecast calls for above-normal precip in the northern and eastern Corn Belt, as well as the northwest half of Iowa, while more southern and western regions of the Midwest are expected to see normal to below-normal precip. The wetter and cooler outlook for much of the Corn Belt puts added importance on substantial planting progress being made this week.