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USDA Crop Progress Report, Midwest Rains

26 April 2011

US - Not much progress in corn planting was made from last week except for North Carolina, Tennessee, Kansas and Texas, writes Sarah Mikesell, senior editor of

The key corn-growing "I" states (Illinois, Indiana and Iowa) aren't anywhere near year-ago figures which were all 50 per cent or more or the 5 year average of 15-30 per cent planted.

According to The Weather Channel, the Midwest will see another wet start this week with storms expected to move through Illinois Monday evening and continue into Tuesday.

The Midwest forecast from The Weather Channel:

  • As one storm zips northward into the western Great Lakes, a new potent storm lurks over the southern Plains Tuesday.
  • The ongoing severe and tornado outbreak will focus on southern Michigan and the Ohio Valley.
  • Additional 1-to-4-inch rains in Ohio Valley add to the worsening flooding.
  • Chilly inch-plus rain will fall from central Iowa and southern/eastern Minnesota to northern Michigan.
  • Showers and a few rumbles of thunder will target much of the Plains.
  • With temperatures 5 to 20 degrees below average from the central Plains to the northern Great Lakes but above average in the central and eastern Ohio Valley, highs will range from the 40s and 50s in the Upper Midwest to the 70s and low 80s in the Ohio Valley.
  • The stormy pattern continues in the Ohio Valley midweek with more severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. Parts of Kentucky may pick up an additional 1 to 6 inches of rain.

Weather map from US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service.

Further Reading

- You can view the complete UDSA Crop Progress report by clicking here.

Further Reading

- You can read another article covering the USDA Crop Progress Report by clicking here.

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