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Dry, seasonally cool weather across the Corn Belt; some rain on the Plains


Across the Corn Belt, cool conditions are slowing evaporation rates in areas—mainly across the far upper Midwest—where fields remain too wet for an optimal planting pace.  Widespread temperatures below 40°F were reported Friday morning in the Dakotas and northern Minnesota.  However, sunny weather in other areas of the Midwest is fostering the emergence of recently planted corn and soybeans.

On the Plains, showers linger across parts of Oklahoma and Texas, where harvesting of the drought-ravaged winter wheat crop is underway.