If you’re in the fields today, keep going—the rain is coming

Eric Snodgrass
Senior Atmospheric Scientist

Growers made a lot of planting progress over the last week thanks to several dry days in the heart of the corn belt. States that are now ahead of the 2012-2016 average planting pace include Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas. Illinois and Indiana made huge strides thanks to a 4-5 day warm and dry planting window, but if you are in the fields today, keep going until you run out of fuel because the rain is coming. 

By tomorrow morning, rain will spread from Wisconsin through Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. This will be the first of several rounds of rain through the weekend, by which 1-2 inches of rain will cover nearly all of the corn belt (with some locations receiving much, much more). There is also a substantial severe weather threat each day for the next 5 days for the southern states in the corn belt.

Total accumulated precipitation over the last 4 days, valid at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25. (Source: Agrible)

Total accumulated precipitation over the last 4 days, valid at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25. (Source: Agrible)

GFS Total precipitation forecast through Monday evening May 1, 2017. (Source: Tropicaltidbits.com)

GFS Total precipitation forecast through Monday evening May 1, 2017. (Source: Tropicaltidbits.com)