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Heat wave approaches eastern corn belt

Heat wave approaches eastern corn belt

By Andi Anderson

The Corn Belt is preparing for the warmest week of the year, following significant progress in corn planting.

States such as Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have reported substantial advances, aligning with or surpassing their five-year averages in planting completion.

In Indiana, farmers utilized 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork, with corn planting now 94% complete, surpassing the five-year average.

This was achieved despite lower-than-average rainfall during the period, which contributed to favorable planting conditions. "Despite the excessive rainfall this planting season, uniform emergence was reported on most fields and only some fields required replanting," reported the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center anticipates a significant rise in temperatures from Nebraska to North Carolina, with a 70% to 80% chance of above-average warmth in the eastern Corn Belt from June 18-24.

"From Monday through much of next week, homegrown high pressure will build over the region while the jet stream bulges northward," explained AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham.

This pattern is expected to usher in high heat and increased humidity, marking the first heat wave of the year for many in the region.

Iowa State Climatologist Justin Glisan indicated a neutral weather pattern currently, as the U.S. transitions from an El Niño to a La Niña phase.

This transition does not clearly predict summer precipitation trends, offering equal chances for wet or dry conditions. "When we look at those summers of a shift to La Niña, we’ve had wet summers and we’ve had dry summers," Glisan noted.

The Climate Prediction Center's three-month forecast also suggests a continuation of warmer-than-average temperatures across the Corn Belt, with an uncertain precipitation outlook, especially for states like Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

This climatic uncertainty poses challenges and opportunities for farmers as they navigate the critical growing season ahead.

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