Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds and tornadoes buffeted parts of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee late this week. The storms were just the latest chapter in a series of Midwestern weather woes that has severely delayed spring planting.
Many forecasts are calling for warmer and drier conditions over the next 7 days which should allow muddy fields to dry out. Other prognosticators, believe more precipitation is in the cards for next week.
One thing's for sure though, farmers are way behind last year in getting this year's crops planted.
Thunderstorms swept across much of the plains this week, dropping heavy rains throughout rural America. The storms brought 3 inches of rain to some regions causing swollen rivers and flash flooding.
The precipitation is dampening prospects for planting in most of the grain belt as growers have little to do but wait for soggy fields to dry out.
According to USDA numbers, weather is hampering spring planting season. Only 11 percent of the nation's corn crop has been planted…That's down 50 percent from an average year. For spring wheat, only 14 percent of the crop has been planted…also near 50 percent of an average year. Cotton planting is behind typical numbers this week with 11 percent of the nation's crop in the ground… 30 percent off the 4-year average.