U.S. crop weather not picture-perfect, but pretty good

Corn and soybean growing weather in the U.S. Midwest this week will not be ideal, but overall it should be satisfactory in most key acreage areas, agricultural meteorologists said on Monday.

• Global Weather Monitoring said the forecasts were not perfect for crop-growing conditions but it also will not be ultra hot or dry.

• Most areas will receive some rain this week with the exception of Missouri, the southwest two-thirds of Iowa, and central Illinois, where some dry pockets will remain.

• A high-pressure ridge had moved over the Midwest during the weekend and it would likely remain until mid-week, blocking moisture from moving into the crop region.

• Showers of 0.40 inch to 1.00 inch are expected on Thursday and Friday in the far northern Midwest. Similar amounts of rain are expected by late weekend in most of the Midwest.

• Additional rains next week of 0.30 inch to 0.80 inch are expected in most of the Midwest.

• The only areas that look like they might stay dry are western Iowa and southwest Minnesota. The rest of the Midwest should receive some rain next week.

• Temperatures should reach the mid-80s (degrees Fahrenheit) to low 90s F, with no extreme heat and be typical for mid-July.

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