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U.S. Crop Watch: Worsening Rain to Continue Disrupting Plantings

  • Tropical moisture to sweep into the South, exacerbating floods
  • Dry days will be elusive across the Midwest to finish planting

A river-swelling deluge is forecast to sweep the U.S. South while farmers across the Midwest will struggle to string together a handful of dry days to catch up on corn and soybean planting.

About 4 inches (10 centimeters) to 7 inches of rain is forecast through the next seven days from southeast Texas through North Carolina, as tropical moisture pulses in from the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Flood watches hug the coast from Houston to New Orleans. That’s after months of rain have left the Mississippi and other rivers spilling over their banks.