Above-average temperatures are expected across the U.S. over the next month, which will be neutral to favorable for the crops, depending on soil moisture levels.
Subsoil moisture in most U.S. corn and soybean growing areas should be adequate to support crop development, partly due to flooding last season and some favorable storm systems earlier this season.
NOAA’s one-month forecast featured average precipitation levels across the central Grain Belt and above-average rain totals in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Such conditions would be favorable for crops during pollination.
Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska are expected to see some dryness, so crop stress should be closely monitored in those states. Timely rainfall will be needed across the southern and southwestern Belt to prevent notable yield declines.
Nighttime temperatures are a factor to pay attention to, as figures in the mid-70s to low 80s can lower corn kernel count and weight, which can weigh on yield potential.