Corn Belt, rain is spreading across the upper Midwest, maintaining soggy
conditions and further delaying the start of widespread spring fieldwork. On
April 14—prior to this rainfall—topsoil moisture was rated at least 50% surplus
in Minnesota (64%), Illinois (56%), and Wisconsin (54%), and at least 40%
surplus in Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and South Dakota.
Plains, rain is falling in some areas from Nebraska northward. The Red River
(of the North) crest is nearing Drayton, North Dakota, where the river is about
10 feet above flood stage and at its highest level since April 2011.