The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Drier weather returns to the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather has returned, following recent rainfall. Showers linger, however, across northern Lower Michigan. Most fieldwork remains on hold across the central and eastern Corn Belt, but corn and late-season soybean harvest activities continue to advance across the upper Midwest.

Harvest delays across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather is promoting fieldwork in the upper Midwest. Elsewhere, rain is slowing corn and late-season soybean harvest activities, but replenishing soil moisture in areas still suffering from drought. Prior to the rainfall, on October 27, topsoil moisture was rated more than half very short to short in Illinois (60%), Missouri (58%), and Iowa (53%).

No shortage of moisture in the days ahead

Across the Corn Belt, warmer weather prevails in advance of an approaching cold front. Mostly dry weather continues to promote Midwestern corn and soybean harvesting, although a few showers and thunderstorms are affecting the southern Corn Belt.

Plenty of precipitation to be anticipated

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork. However, light snow is developing in parts of the upper Midwest, while rain is overspreading the southwestern Corn Belt. The soybean harvest, 77% complete nationally on October 27, is nearing completion—more than 90% finished—in Minnesota and Nebraska.

An active weather pattern this week

Across the Corn Belt, mild weather across the southern tier of the Midwest favors harvest activities and winter wheat emergence. Meanwhile, cold weather prevails from Nebraska and the Dakotas eastward to Michigan.

Favorable harvest weather across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails, except for a few snow showers downwind of the Great Lakes. Conditions are mostly favorable for corn and soybean harvesting, but lingering drought in the central and southern Corn Belt remains a concern with respect to soft red winter wheat.

Chillier weather expanding across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a strong cold front stretches from Michigan to Missouri, preceded and accompanied by a few rain showers. In the front’s wake, the coldest air of the season blankets the upper Midwest. However, season-ending freezes already occurred last week across the northwestern Corn Belt—as much as 1 to 3 weeks later than the normal first autumn freeze.

Frosts and freezes ahead

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors corn and soybean harvest activities, except in areas of the upper Midwest where wet fields continue to limit fieldwork.

Chilly & damp across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is halting fieldwork, including corn and soybean harvest activities, in parts of Illinois, Indiana, and neighboring areas. Meanwhile, colder air is overspreading the upper Midwest, where fieldwork delays persist in some areas in the wake of last week’s rainy, windy weather.

A more November-like feel ahead

In the wake of yesterday’s cold front, progressively cooler air arrives beginning today. A series of reinforcing cold fronts are forecast to move through about every 36-hours. Each may generate a couple of showers. After the warm start to October, it appears that a much colder weather pattern will dominate next week and beyond with temperatures averaging well-below normal.