Keeping an eye on the weather will be especially critical this year, as farmers hope for a bumper corn and soybean crop in order to keep feed prices down.

“May was dry over much of the Plains region,” according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. “Many locations are 5 to 6 inches below normal for the calendar year and only cool temperatures have kept crop stress to a minimum at this point.”

The southern half of Minnesota and the northern part of Wisconsin also appear dry on the Drought Monitor map. (See the map)  Other than that, the eastern part of the U.S. appears to be in good shape.

Source: U.S. Drought Monitor