Eastern Corn Belt Escapes Dry, Oppressive Heat

USAgNet - 08/10/2022

Crop-stressing heat blanketed much of the nation's midsection last week but temperatures remained below 95°F in most Midwestern areas east of the Mississippi River, favoring the filling of corn ears and soybean pods.

Much of Nebraska and South Dakota, along with southwestern Minnesota and western sections of Iowa and Missouri, were not so lucky.

Indeed, over the last month one of the driest areas extended across southern Iowa into portions of neighboring states.

According to the latest Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), locally heavy showers were also hit-or-miss across the Midwest, as well as the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, keeping some fields well-watered but skipping the rest.

The early-August dry weather, combined with the oppressive heat, also maintained significant stress on the southern Plains' rangeland, pastures and crops such as sorghum.

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