Warmer temperatures in late June and early July have helped improve the crop conditions in some areas of the Midwest. Earlier planted corn has made up some lost ground as far as crop development, while later planted corn and soybeans have experienced very rapid growth. However, many areas of Southern and Western Minnesota, along with adjoining areas of Northern Iowa and Eastern South Dakota have been impacted by severe storms and excessive rainfall amounts in recent weeks, including hail in some locations. This has caused considerable drown-out areas in some fields, as well as crop damage to remaining acres in many fields. Crop conditions remain quite variable across the region.