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Weekly Crop Bulletin Shows Hot, Dry Weather in Midwest
USAgNet - 07/28/2021

For the week ending July 24, the country remained generally split between hot weather in much of the North and West and near- or below-normal temperatures across the South and East.

According to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the core area of extreme heat made another eastward shift across the northern Plains, where weekly temperatures averaged at least 10°F above normal in several locations.

Hot weather also returned across drier areas of the upper Midwest, including Minnesota.

Reproductive corn and soybeans in this region were subjected to increasing levels of stress, especially as temperatures began to rise.

Indeed, as has been the case since mid-July, mostly dry weather covered the entire Midwest, including the previously well-watered southern and eastern Corn Belt.

By contrast, significant rain fell in parts of the Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest.

The Southeastern rain, which maintained abundant moisture reserves for pastures and summer crops, primarily fell from the Mississippi Delta to the southern Atlantic Coast.

The monsoon-related Southwestern rainfall, heaviest across Arizona and portions of neighboring states, provided limited drought relief but sparked flash flooding.

Elsewhere, dozens of wildfires continued to burn from northern California to the northern Rockies, with containment efforts hampered by heat, erratic winds, and drought-cured vegetation.

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