Warmer and drier outlook for most of the Corn Belt

An ag meteorologist says warmer, drier weather is in the forecast for much of the Corn Belt for mid-to-late April.

Greg Soulje says many farmers should be able to take advantage of the good conditions and make planting progress.

“The western and northwestern Corn Belt locales might actually get a quicker start than some of the eastern and southern areas. Generally, west to east across the complex, we’ll see a transition to some early season fieldwork in the second half of April.”

He says the portions of the Corn Belt that have received more moisture than others over the last month will take longer to the crop planted.

“If you’re already overtly wet, some of those locales might take a bit longer.”

Soulje says dry weather patterns will continue in May and those conditions aren’t expected to worsen the already existing drought.

In the Delta, he says portions of the region are in much better condition this spring compared to last year and there’s rain in the short-term forecast.

“There’s one to three more systems expected over the next week. The areas will take on more warmth along with a more hit-or-miss situation with rain as we transition into May.”

He says overall, the planting season looks promising for the Delta.

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