Across the Corn Belt, smoky, hazy conditions continue to plague portions of the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, any lingering showers are confined to the upper Great Lakes region. Across most corn- and soybean-production areas, relatively cool but dry weather is further reducing soil moisture availability. Nearly all areas of the Corn Belt have reported below-average rainfall in recent weeks, leading to a gradual reduction in crop and pasture vitality.
On the Plains, hot weather across much of Texas is starting to reverse some of the positive agricultural effects of recent rainfall.