Weather report: Thunderstorms dot the southern Plains
- Weather report: Strong cold front approaches the Corn Belt
- Weather report: First significant winter storm in the West
- Weather report: Cold and dry on the Plains
- Weather report: Mild on the Plains ahead of approaching storm
- Weather report: Mild and mostly dry on the Plains
- Weather report: Mostly dry across Plains, Corn Belt
- Weather report: Dry conditions in the upper Midwest
- Weather report: Scattered storms across the eastern Plains
- Weather report: Rain slows fieldwork in the Midwest
- Weather report: Storm builds in the West
- China planning major changes to ag policy over next decade
- EPA stepping up Tier 2 inspections
- Renewable fuel backers try to change EPA's mind
- Land O'Lakes, Inc. acquires Geosys
- GPS Farming app goes global
- Report examines value of seed treatment for agriculture
- What’s Enogen corn?
- D.C. Watch: More farm bill pressure
- Alternative financing vs. venture capital
- Lack of farm bill leaves farmers with uncertainty in 2014
- Del Monte testing genetically modified pineapple
- In Perspective: 'Right to know' is a sham
- GMO apple takes another step toward approval
- Lobbyists swarm D.C. as EPA mulls cutting biofuels mandate
- Non-GMO corn yields well in trials
- Study blaming rat tumors on Roundup and GM corn retracted
- Farmland prices continue strong as auctions draw big crowds
- Obama administration cuts 2014 biofuel mandate
- Commentary: Starving people live where food is exported
- New initiative focuses on critical role of soil health
In the West, much cooler air is overspreading the Pacific Northwest, accompanied by widespread showers. In contrast, a ribbon of warm, dry weather stretches from central and southern California to the northern Intermountain West.
On the Plains, recovery efforts continue in the wake of the tragic tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Thunderstorms have re-developed across portions of the southern Plains, including tornado-ravaged areas south of Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, very cool weather prevails across the northern and central Plains. Fieldwork remains at a standstill in the Dakotas, where rain showers persist.
In the Corn Belt, showery weather is halting most fieldwork, following last week’s phenomenal corn planting pace. Nearly half (43%) of the U.S. corn was planted during the week ending May 19, led by Illinois (57%), Iowa (56%), and Minnesota (52%). Similarly, 18% of the U.S. soybeans were planted during the 7 days ending May 19, paced by Michigan (36%), Ohio (29%), and Nebraska (26%).
In the South, locally severe thunderstorms are racing across several areas, including parts of Arkansas and western portions of Kentucky and Tennessee. A few heavy showers are also occurring along the southern Atlantic Coast. Across the remainder of the region, planting activities continue.
Outlook: A slow-moving storm centered over the upper Midwest will drift eastward, reaching the northern Atlantic States by Thursday. Another widespread outbreak of severe thunderstorms can be expected later today, especially from Michigan to eastern Texas. On Wednesday, lingering strong thunderstorms may spread as far east as the upper Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Additional rainfall associated with the storm could reach 1 to 3 inches, especially in the Mid-South, Northeast, and along the southern Atlantic Coast. Elsewhere, much cooler air will arrive in the Far West, but heat will build by week’s end on the High Plains. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for May 26-30 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the Far West. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across the nation’s northern tier from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes region.