The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Rain returns to parts of the central, southern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, heavy showers are developing in southern production areas, particularly in northern Missouri and southern Illinois. In contrast, cool, dry weather covers the northern Corn Belt.

Dry weather briefly returns to the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, although below-normal temperatures persist across northern corn and soybean production areas. On October 5, the soybean harvest was at least 20 percentage points behind the respective 5-year state averages in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, with harvest progress in those states ranging from 7 to 25%.

A wetter pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather accompanies isolated showers. In areas of the upper Midwest affected by the recent freeze, producers continue to monitor immature crops.

Growing season ends in parts of the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails. Scattered showers dot the southern and eastern Corn Belt. On October 4-5, freezes ended the growing season in parts of the upper Midwest, including the Dakotas, much of Nebraska, parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and northwestern Iowa. Producers are monitoring the effects of cold weather on immature corn and soybeans.

Cold air on the move

Across the Corn Belt, widespread showers stretch southward from the Great Lakes region. On gusty winds, markedly colder air is entering the western Corn Belt, where Friday morning’s low temperatures fell to near 40°.

A change in weather next week

Across the Corn Belt, late-developing corn and soybeans are getting a boost toward maturity under a warm, dry weather regime. In the lower Midwest, mild, dry conditions also favor planting of soft red winter wheat.

Corn harvest a bit behind normal

Across the Corn Belt, showers stretch from the upper Mississippi Valley to northwestern Missouri. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean maturation. On September 21, the corn harvest was at least 15 percentage points behind the 5-year average pace in Missouri (21% complete) and Illinois (6% complete).

Beautiful early-Fall weather for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather continues to promote corn and soybean development, as well as early-season winter wheat planting. Conditions are especially favorable across the upper Midwest, where above-normal temperatures are helping to push late-developing summer crops toward maturity.

Dry weather, for now, across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather continues to assist late-developing corn and soybeans push toward maturity. However, showers are encroaching on northwestern production areas, including the eastern Dakotas.

Dry, cool weather continues across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures are promoting a slow push toward corn and soybean maturation. Meanwhile, winter wheat planting is underway in parts of the lower Midwest, led by Michigan (4% complete on September 14).