The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather has returned to the upper Midwest. However, showery, breezy weather covers the remainder of the Corn Belt, further slowing a harvest season already delayed by late corn and soybean maturation.
Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork remains at a standstill across the southern tier of the region due to ongoing heavy rainfall. In contrast, cool, dry weather covers the northern two-thirds of the Corn Belt. Widespread frost was noted Friday morning as far south and east as Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois.
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.
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%.
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.
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).
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.