Warm and dry weather is expected in the northern U.S. Plains spring wheat belt. This could stress developing wheat and other crops, agricultural meteorologists said.
Dry conditions have recently grown in the Dakotas and eastern Montana, while excessive rains have swamped fields farther south in the Plains.
North Dakota is the largest producer in the U.S. of spring wheat. "Hot and dry weather is not unusual in western North Dakota or Montana, (but) this early is the concern," Jim Peterson, marketing director with the North Dakota Wheat Commission said.