The extended weather outlook from the National Weather Service (NWS) calls for above-normal precip and below-normal temps across most of the western Corn Belt during April. Those conditions are expected to extend down into the Southern Plains. NWS forecasts above-normal temps and “equal chances” for precip across the eastern Corn Belt next month.
The 90-day outlook covering April through June shows above-normal precip is likely over most of the Corn Belt and Plains, while cooler temps are favored in western areas and warmer temps in eastern locations.
This forecast is not what producers dealing with flooding and excess moisture in the western Corn Belt were hoping for. The outlook signals the potential for significant planting delays in the region.
However, the outlook would be favorable for development of HRW wheat in the Southern Plains and planting/early development of crops in the eastern Corn Belt.