CHICAGO, June 10 U.S. farmers will struggle
planting the final stages of this season's corn and soy crops
this week due to occasional rains, but crops that have been sown
should grow rapidly, an agricultural meteorologist said on
"It's not ideal for planting but not a disaster either.
There will be a couple of light rain events that will roll
through so it's still a struggle for some," John Dee, a
meteorologist for Global Weather Monitoring, said.
Dee said showers on Wednesday and Thursday and again over
the weekend would bring an additional 0.3 to 0.8 inch of rain to
the U.S. Midwest crop belt and temperatures will begin to turn
"For crops that are in the ground it's nearly ideal with
plentiful soil moisture and warmer temperatures," Dee said.
Temperatures next week will warm into the 80s (degrees
Fahrenheit) to low 90s F boosting crop growth and development,
Excessive rain has slowed the planting pace for U.S. corn
and soybeans to historically slow levels, threatening to trim
acreage and posing a threat to yields since the late seedings
will push crop maturity to later in the season, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture said in its weekly crop progress
report released a week ago.
The USDA said that as of June 2, corn was 91 percent planted
and soybeans 57 percent planted.
Planting progress was the slowest for both crops at this point
in the year since 1996.
USDA will release updated planting data in its weekly crop
progress report to be released at 3:00 p.m. CDT (2000 GMT)
(Reporting by Sam Nelson; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)