The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Milder pattern taking hold of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, rain stretches from Michigan to Missouri. A few pockets of freezing rain are occurring in Michigan. Most Midwestern producers have completed corn and soybean harvest activities in recent weeks, although some fieldwork will need to wait until soils dry out or firmly freeze.

Tranquil weather for now, milder days ahead

Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather continues, although a patchy, mostly shallow Midwestern snow cover exists. As fields continue to freeze more firmly, corn and soybean harvest efforts are nearing completion. Temperatures in most Midwestern locations dipped below 20° early Monday.

Milder weather ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cold, mostly dry weather prevails. Friday morning’s minimum temperatures dipped below 10° as far south as central Illinois and plunged below 0° in parts of the upper Midwest. In areas where soils have sufficiently frozen, producers are making slow progress on late-season corn and soybean harvesting.

A moderating trend in temperatures ahead next week

Across the Corn Belt, patches of light snow are occurring primarily in northern Missouri and downwind of the Great Lakes. Producers continue to push slowly toward harvest completion, balancing crop fragility (e.g. the susceptibility of unharvested soybeans to quality degradation) with the impacts of heavy equipment on soggy fields that have not yet fully frozen.

More early-season cold for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, patches of light snow are primarily affecting southern and western areas. Cold, cloudy weather prevails throughout the Midwest, hampering final harvest efforts. In South Dakota, nearly one-fifth (18%) of the sunflower acreage remained in the field on December 2.

Another strong, early-season storm for the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, fog, low clouds, wet fields, and patches of light precipitation continue to limit late-autumn fieldwork. On November 25, the amount of corn remaining in the field ranged from 10 to 20% in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas. Similarly, 10 to 15% of the soybeans had not yet been harvested on that date in Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

An unsettled midwestern weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, cold, breezy conditions persist. Excess soil moisture continues to inhibit fieldwork, especially in the eastern Corn Belt. On November 25, topsoil moisture in Ohio was rated 65% surplus. The U.S. soybean harvest, 94% finished by the 25th, is nearing completion at the slowest pace in the modern era. Since the mid-1990s, the previous latest date of the U.S.

Milder days to accompany a more active pattern

Across the Corn Belt, an early-season winter storm lingers across the lower Great Lakes region. Significant travel disruptions continue in areas affected by wind-driven snow, stretching from the southwestern Corn Belt into parts of Michigan. At daybreak Monday in Illinois, snow depths included 11 inches in Rockford and 7 inches in Chicago.

A more active pattern later into the Holiday Weekend

In the Corn Belt, seasonally cool, mostly dry weather is allowing some producers to complete corn and soybean harvest efforts. However, soils remain wet in much of the eastern Corn Belt, where Ohio’s topsoil moisture was rated 71% surplus on November 18. Currently, a few snow showers are occurring downwind of the Great Lakes.