Looking at the above map, you see a mild increase in the expected rains about 5-7 days out with the end of July looking wetter today than at any point in the last week. Heat remains through the weekend then it moderates to a degree with most of the major growing areas looking for upper 80s with the SE growing region looking the hottest with temps expected in the 90s 5 of the next 10 days. Rain events will focus on the northern growing regions with Des Moines looking at 3 rain events by month end while Cincinnati looking at 3 rain events. Minneapolis is looking at 4 rain events showing the rains are focused north, not south. Moving into S. IL, MO, KS, AR and LA remain a problem with crop ratings in all those states expected to take another dive on Monday’s report. Overall it is less threatening but not good yet for crops.