The Northern and Eastern Corn Belt is safe from the heat... for now

Non-stop heat is the big summer story affecting the agriculture markets.

The triple-digits have been unrelenting in the Southwest and Central Plains, and the heat and drought will likely reduce yields in many places. Farmers tell us much of their crop will not make it, but there are some bright spots in the Midwest: the Northern and Eastern Corn Belt. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey shares an update.

“The good news for the remainder of the Midwest is that temperatures remain mostly below those stressful thresholds - generally considered to be 95 degrees or higher for corn and soybeans. So, for example in the Northern Corn Belt and Eastern Corn Belt, temperatures remain below those stressful levels, and should continue to do so for the rest of this week at least.”

There are pockets of dryness forming in those areas as well though, in parts of Indiana and Michigan.


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