NOAA’s two-week outlook features above-average temperatures throughout the Grain Belt, especially across the northern region. Higher temperatures are less likely for the central and southern regions.
August heat is expected to be complemented by average rainfall in the northern, central, and eastern regions, which would support crops through mid to late August. Rains would be especially beneficial for northeastern Iowa and bordering areas where crop stress has increased since late July.
Forecasts in North Dakota and northern Minnesota call for above average rain. Some dryness is expected in Nebraska and Kansas, but subsoil moisture may limit crop stress there over the next two weeks.
Most Grain Belt crops should benefit from weather over the next two weeks, which should pressure short-term futures and support or raise current production forecasts.