This is the time of year when weekly crop reports often start showing a drop off in crop conditions as heat and dryness build and insect pressure starts to become apparent. Not so this year. Theres plenty of moisture across the Midwest and while were getting a few hot days, there havent been weekly stretches of 90-degree plus conditions under a hot July sun to erode quality. Highs are staying warmer than usual across the Corn Belt this week. Thats conducive to corn pollination. There are some concerns regarding nitrogen leaching in the northern portions of the belt following several rounds of heavy rainfall. As a result of leaching there have been some instances of stunted plants in portions of Minnesota and North Dakota. But further south - for corn and for soybeans, all seems well. Kick off day for Ag Expo in East Lansing is one of the hottest and most humid of the year. Thats by no means an unusual pattern to see play out. Be alert for a cold fronts passage which may bring a few stronger storms across the Lower Peninsula. Behind the front cooler and drier air will be dominant through the rest of the work week.
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