May 24, Agriculture.com – (National) Thirsty crops need more than a shower.
From plains wheat country to the eastern corn belt, there was a lot riding on rainfall chances the weekend of May 26. The last several weeks saw just fractions of normal rainfall in the Nation’s midsection, leading to both growing shortages of soil moisture and declining crop conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor showed how rapidly the dry conditions were spreading. As of May 22, virtually all of Iowa, Minnesota, and Kansas ranges from abnormally dry to moderate drought, with about half of Missouri and Illinois under similar conditions. “Drought conditions expanded considerably across the Midwest, northern Delta and central Plains, with dry conditions now being noted in north-central Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, much of Arkansas, southern Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, Iowa, Minnesota, and eastern North Dakota,” said the MDA EarthSat Weather senior ag meteorologist.