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Midwest temperatures are climbing steadily, with 4in soil temperatures in Iowa warming 6-10 degrees in the last two days, reports Allen Motew of QT Weather. This should enable farmers in the state to get their corn planting begun within their preferred timeframe, he says.

With temperatures in the region set to hit as much as 16 degrees above normal for this time of year, and the 8-14 day outlook having normal or below normal precipitation, good early planting progress should be made.

The past seven days have been abnormally dry across large swathes of the Corn Belt with above normal precipitation only in pockets across N Indiana and N Ohio:

The flip side of this favourable outlook is in Kansas where wheat is coming under increasing moisture stress.