The extended forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for May gives above-normal odds of warm temperatures in the far Upper Midwest and eastern Corn Belt, while other areas of the Midwest have equal chances of below- above- or normal temperatures next month. Warmer temperatures would be a positive for planting efforts. The precip outlook is even more vague for the Midwest in May, but NWS does say there are above-normal chances for wet weather in the Delta, the Southern and Central Plains and into Nebraska.
Looking farther out, NWS suggests above-normal precip and temps are likely across the eastern Corn Belt through July. The western Corn Belt is expected to see above-normal precip and mostly “equal chances” for above-, below- and normal temperatures during the May through day period.
Much of the Southern Plains is likely to see cooler- and wetter-than normal conditions through July.