Heat expands on parts of the Great Plains & across parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails, aside from a few upper Midwestern showers.  The spell of mostly dry weather favors winter wheat maturation and final summer crop planting efforts.  By June 9, only 5% of the intended U.S. corn acreage had not been planted, along with 13% of the soybeans.

On the Plains, lingering thundershowers are confined to parts of Oklahoma and Texas.  Across the remainder of the nation’s mid-section, mild, dry weather is promoting crop development and fieldwork, including winter wheat maturation and harvesting.  On June 9, Oklahoma led the U.S. with 48% of its winter wheat harvested, well ahead of the 5-year average of 17%.  Nationally, 12% of the winter wheat had been harvested on that date, twice the 5-year average of 6%.

In the South, the summer wet season is finally underway across southern Florida.  However, leading up to the rainfall onset, Florida endured its hottest May on record, along with the development of widespread moderate to severe drought.  Elsewhere, dry weather is nearly ideal for fieldwork and crop development, although pockets of excessive wetness still exist.  On June 9, topsoil moisture was rated 39% surplus in Louisiana, along with 37% in Kentucky.

In the West, dry weather accompanies above-normal temperatures, except in parts of western Washington.  Wednesday’s high temperatures will top 100°F as far north as California’s Sacramento Valley and will exceed 110°F in parts of the Desert Southwest.  Hot, dry conditions favor crop development but are boosting irrigation demands.

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