Home > News > Optimism Lingers for Dry Corn Belt

Closeup of young corn plantStagnant, dry weather patterns in the Corn Belt have led to flash drought and expansion of current drought conditions. However, hope is on the horizon with wetter forecasts entering the scene. Despite the first week of June being the dries in more than 30 years, portions of the High Plains saw significantly above-normal precipitation.

The second half of June is expected to bring good precipitation chances in the very dry eastern portions of the Corn Belt and parts of the southern portion. Cooler-than-normal temperatures in the second week of June are a relief to drought-stricken areas. USDA estimates 45% of corn production areas are in a drought as of June 6. Optimism for precipitation will help avoid any substantial issues with the corn-growing season.

Read more on June weather and drought conditions here.


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