As flash drought conditions come to fruition in some regions of the Corn Belt, Midwest farmers are growing concerned. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says dryness has remained in the area for at least one but up to three months, depending on location. The Chicago area has reported the second-driest May on record, with accumulations of only 0.42 inches.

However, longer-term dryness primarily makes its home west of the Mississippi River. Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, South Dakota and parts of Texas are seeing enduring drought conditions. However, more time is needed before drought conditions start impeding yield potential. The corn reproduction period is still weeks away, leaving ample time for the moisture to make its way to the Corn Belt.

Read more on flash drought conditions here.