Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms extend southwestward across the Great Lakes region. However, much of the Midwest is experiencing hot, dry weather, with variable impacts on reproductive to filling corn and soybeans. Heat- and drought-related concerns are most acute in the western Corn Belt, where Friday’s high temperatures will range from 95 to 105°F.
On the Plains, hot weather continues to promote fieldwork, including winter wheat harvesting. In areas with winter wheat remaining to cut, harvest on July 23 ranged from 2% complete in Montana to 87% complete in Kansas.