The Corn Belt and northern Plains have remained dry and thirsty this year and the data is backing up the current trend. According to historical weather data, the week ending June 10th is on pace to be one of the driest and hottest weeks in more than 30 years. The relentless heat and lack of precipitation has made for dire soil moisture depletion. With 95% planted as of May 30, hope remains that rainfall will provide some respite soon to replenish the soil in time for the more fragile stages of corn development. Read more about the risks of this hot and dry weather cycle.