Corn Belt Records: Temperatures and drought the region hasn’t seen in over 30 years

Heat relief is on the way for Corn Belt producers, but recent data shows it may be short lived.

Last week much of farm country, especially those on the ProFarmer Crop Tour saw temperatures 10-15 degrees over normal for this time of year. Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma saw several consecutive days in the triple digits with little rainfall. This week temperatures are predicted to be generally cooler than normal at first, but more heat is in store by the end of the week.

WeatherTrends360 says last week was the warmest temperatures seen in over 30 years for the region, leaving 43 percent of the corn crop in drought conditions. This upcoming week is expected to be the second driest for the Corn Belt in over 30 years.

LATEST STORIES BY THIS AUTHOR:

High input costs are standing in the way of farmers intending to shift to more sustainable practices, according to research by McKinsey and Company.
Wildfires have broken out in Kansas, consuming thousands of acres north of Manhattan.
A recent Cannonball Jellyfish bloom off the coast of Venezuela is a major concern for the seafood industry that fish those waters.
Fertilizer is the largest variable input expense weighing on corn farmers, historically, according to new data from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.