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Source: Planalytics news release

Earlier this week, the USDA updated their average soil temperatures for the primary grain production areas in the upper Midwest. Compare this week's 50F contour (dotted purple line) in the map on the right with last week's . You are not seeing things... according to the USDA, soil temperatures are cooler this week in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. North Dakota's temperatures ranged in the ow 40s to 50 degrees for the week of April 20 - 26, but low 40s now prevail for all of North Dakota, South Dakota, and northwest Nebraska.

On the morning of May 8th, snow blanketed the western quarter of Nebraska and north central Wyoming. These soil temperatures will continue to discourage planting of corn. Additionally, emergence and development of all crops will be slowed by these cooler soil temperatures. The northern tier corn and sugar beet crops are already falling further and further behind the five year average planting dates.

What is more, temperatures in the coming week are expected to get colder again.

Cold Temperatures Expected to Continue

Beginning early on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11th, cold air will push southward from Canada, Montana and North Dakota into the U.S. Plains and Texas. Early next week, the cold air will spread east toward the Appalachians. By midweek, another shot of cold air will reach the upper Midwest and spread both south and east. These two cold events will leave the central third of the U.S with departures from normal temperatures ranging from 3F to 15F below normal (light blue and purple shades). Average daily high temperatures for the week of May 10th through the 17th are shown as dashed lines. Overnight lows will run in the upper 20s to mid 30s across the Dakotas, Wyoming, and the western fringes of both Nebraska and Kansas as well as eastern Colorado most mornings next week. Soil temperatures are not likely to see much improvement.

Only light precipitation is expected for the Northern to Central Plains and Minnesota from the 12th into the 17th. Drying will be slow as will planting and emergence.

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