The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A wet & mild pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails in the wake of recent rainfall, although low clouds and fog persist in some areas. Late-season harvest efforts remain on hold where the heaviest rain fell, including the Ohio Valley and portions of the upper Mississippi Valley.

An active weather pattern ahead for the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, late-season harvest activities are on hold, as rain continues to push northeastward. Currently, the heaviest rain is falling in the Great Lakes region, accompanied by gusty winds. Dry weather has returned to the southwestern Corn Belt, following Tuesday’s rainfall, which aided recently planted winter wheat.

Excessive moisture ahead on the far southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, showers are moving into areas from the Mississippi Valley westward, slowing late-season harvesting. Fieldwork, including winter wheat planting, continues at a rapid pace in the eastern Corn Belt.

Generally favorable harvest weather continues

Across the Corn Belt, late-season warmth and dry conditions continue to promote a rapid fieldwork pace. More than two-thirds (70%) of the U.S. soybeans were harvested during the 4-week period ending October 18, compared to the 5-year average of 61%. Dry weather also favors Midwestern winter wheat planting, although many fields will soon need rain to ensure even emergence.

Near ideal harvest weather across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, the return of warm weather is maintaining a rapid corn and soybean harvest pace. On October 18, the corn harvest was at least 10 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio. Similarly, winter wheat planting was more than 10 percentage points ahead of the respective state 5-year averages in Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio.

End of the growing season for much of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, widespread freezes were noted early Friday across the upper Midwest, although corn and soybeans are mostly mature (or harvested). In some areas, the season-ending freeze is as much as 1 to 2 weeks later than the normal first freeze date. Throughout the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork.

For now, near ideal harvest weather

Across the Corn Belt, corn and soybean harvest activities continue at a rapid pace under mostly dry conditions. More than half (55%) of the U.S. soybeans were harvested in the 3 weeks ending October 11, compared to the 5-year average of 47%. On October 11, Minnesota led the nation with 91% of its soybeans harvested.

A wetter pattern to unfold

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry, breezy weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Clouds linger in parts of the Great Lakes region. In recent weeks, Midwestern weather conditions have been nearly ideal for corn and soybean maturation and harvesting.

Wetter days ahead by mid-month across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, rain showers linger in the Ohio Valley. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Early Friday, freezes were noted as far south as eastern South Dakota.

Favorable fall weather pattern should continue

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather continues to favor corn and soybean maturation and harvesting, along with winter wheat planting. Freezes were noted early Wednesday in the Red River Valley—typical for this time of year.