Across the Corn Belt, rain is maintaining a slow pace of planting progress in parts of the upper Midwest. In contrast, dryness has begun to develop in the southwestern Corn Belt, where topsoil moisture was rated at least one-quarter very short to short on May 6 in Missouri (27%) and Nebraska (25%).
On the Plains, isolated showers dot Oklahoma and environs. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork and crop growth. Punishing drought remains entrenched across the southern High Plains, where at least one-half of the winter wheat was rated in very poor to poor condition on May 6 in Oklahoma (68%), Texas (60%), and Kansas (50%).