Nebraska and Kansas are the exception this year when it comes to wet conditions for the start of the growing season. Most of Nebraska has received adequate to excessive rainfall this spring, which has caused some problems, but has also provided valuable moisture for crops and pastures. Most of Nebraska is 2-4 inches above normal since the start of April and remains drought free in the latest Drought Monitor. The area to watch for early season dryness (at least in the Corn Belt) is central/eastern Iowa through western Ohio. A lot of that region is 2-4 inches below normal since early April and 30-Day SPI values are indicating early drought conditions. The drought monitor has not picked up on much of this dryness because soil moisture values are not indicating much stress. Conditions in this region are not severe, but are worth watching when it comes to marketing grain.
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