The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

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.

Mild pattern to largely continue

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails in most areas, despite an increase in cloudiness. However, a few showers dot the middle Mississippi Valley. On October 4, the soybean harvest was 25 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average in Minnesota and North Dakota. In addition, more than one-quarter (26%) of Michigan’s winter wheat was planted during the week ending October 4.

Little change in weather through the weekend

Across the Corn Belt, for the second morning in a row, Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings were in effect across the upper Great Lakes region, stretching as far south as central Wisconsin. Throughout the Midwest, cool, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and harvesting, and well as winter wheat planting.

A change in weather underway across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is falling from Michigan to southeastern Nebraska. Showers are also spreading into the Ohio Valley, where warm, humid weather prevails. In contrast, cool, dry weather covers the far upper Midwest, where Frost and Freeze Advisories were are in effect early Tuesday in North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

A warming trend ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a warming trend, promoting corn and soybean maturation. On September 13, Illinois led the Midwest in corn development, with 61% of the crop fully mature.