The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, late-season warmth and dry conditions continue to promote a rapid fieldwork pace. More than two-thirds (70%) of the U.S. soybeans were harvested during the 4-week period ending October 18, compared to the 5-year average of 61%. Dry weather also favors Midwestern winter wheat planting, although many fields will soon need rain to ensure even emergence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.