The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

December-like temperatures ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry, breezy weather prevails, aside from snow showers near the Great Lakes. However, wet fields continue to hamper harvest activities in some areas; the nation’s soybean harvest, 83% complete by November 4, remains the slowest since 2009, when only 61% of the crop had been harvested on that date.

An early-Winterlike feel ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a low-pressure system over the Great Lakes region is producing widespread rain showers. Rain has changed to snow in parts of the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, dry weather is returning across the southern Corn Belt, accompanied by cool, breezy conditions.

An active pattern continues across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a cold rain is spreading across areas west of the Mississippi River, bringing renewed harvest delays. Fieldwork had gained momentum during the last half of October, with 34% of the U.S. soybeans and 24% of the corn harvested during the 2-week period ending October 28.

More wet weather ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a low-pressure system centered over the lower Ohio Valley is producing heavy rain and halting fieldwork from Missouri into the lower Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, upper Midwestern field conditions are mostly favorable for corn and soybean harvesting, except in areas of lingering wetness.

A wetter pattern ahead for much of the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors corn and soybean harvest efforts, despite an increase in cloudiness. Although 34% of the U.S. soybean acreage was harvested during the last 2 weeks, overall progress—72% harvested by October 28—remains the slowest since 2009, when just 47% had been harvested.

Favorable fall weather temporarily resumes

Across the Corn Belt, cool, cloudy conditions prevail downwind of the Great Lakes, stretching as far south as the middle Ohio Valley. Mild, dry weather is overspreading the remainder of the Midwest, favoring previously delayed corn and soybean harvest efforts.

Showery weather slowing Corn Belt fieldwork

Across the Corn Belt, cool, cloudy, showery weather is slowing or halting fieldwork. On October 21, prior to the rainfall, the only Midwestern States where the soybean harvest was at least two-thirds complete were Illinois (74% harvested) and Indiana (67%).

Weather, for now, favors Fall harvest, fieldwork

Across the Corn Belt, cool but dry weather continues to promote an acceleration of fieldwork. On October 21, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-fifth surplus in Iowa (35% surplus), Minnesota (30%), Wisconsin (24%), and Michigan (21%). On the same date, the U.S. soybean harvest was just 53% complete—the slowest overall pace by October 21 since 2009.

Weather promotes midwestern fall fieldwork, harvest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean harvesting, as well as winter wheat planting. Producers harvested 15% of the U.S. soybean acreage during the week ending October 21, equal to the amount harvested during the preceding 2 weeks. However, the overall U.S. soybean harvest was just 53% complete by October 21, well behind the 5-year average of 69%.