Across the Corn Belt, moderate temperatures favor reproductive to filling summer crops, except in the middle Missouri Valley. Later Friday, much of Nebraska and South Dakota—extending into western Iowa and southwestern Minnesota—should experience high temperatures ranging from 95 to 105°F. In addition, dry pockets remain a concern, especially in the western Corn Belt. In the 4-week period from July 8 – August 4, Des Moines, Iowa, received rainfall totaling 0.13 inch.
On the Plains, hot weather continues to adversely affect rangeland, pastures, and various summer crops, including cotton and sorghum.