Across the Corn Belt, mild weather is replacing previously cool conditions. Thursday’s high temperatures will range from near 35°F in the upper Great Lakes region to 55°F or higher in the middle Mississippi Valley. Spotty Midwestern snow that fell earlier in the month has largely melted, allowing late-season harvest efforts to advance as field conditions permit. Month-to-date temperatures have averaged at least 5 to 10°F above normal in much of the northern and western Corn Belt, favoring farm maintenance activities.
On the Plains, unusually warm weather continues in advance of Pacific storminess. Later Thursday, high temperatures should reach 60°F or higher as far north as the central High Plains. With month-to-date temperatures averaging at least 5 to 10°F above normal across the northern half of the Plains, livestock have experienced little stress. Additionally, overwintering wheat has faced minimal adversity, aside from localized drought concerns.