While somewhat drier weather has allowed corn and soybean planting to make progress over the past few days, a wet weather pattern will return to the central U.S. for the second half of May, slowing crop planting.

“A series of at least three storm systems are expected to move across the central U.S. over the next 10 days, with a break of no more than a day or two between each system. This will provide little time for soils to dry out between storm systems across the central and western Midwest and will severely limit corn and soybean planting progress,” said Kyle Tapley, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist for Maxar.

Of the years since 1980 that have featured similarly slow starts to the planting season, the forecast for the balance of May is most like 2013, when corn planting nationally was well behind the normal pace and less than 90% of the crop had been planted by May 31, the typical cutoff date for corn planting in the Midwest.

“Given the wet forecast and extremely high soil moisture levels, a similar or even slower planting evolution than 2013 is expected this season, which will likely lead to reduced corn acreage compared to expectations earlier this season,” said Mr. Tapley.

Maxar’s Weather Desk team of meteorologists will continue to monitor changing weather conditions and its impact on crop production in the corn belt and other major growing areas around the world.

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