The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is ideal for corn and soybean maturation, as well as initial winter wheat planting efforts. However, soil moisture shortages remain a concern in many areas, with the latest U.S. Drought Monitor indicating that 79% of Iowa, 53% of Minnesota, and 41% of Illinois are in drought.
Across the Corn Belt, isolated showers are confined to the lower Ohio Valley. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is promoting summer crop maturation and initial soft red winter wheat planting efforts. On September 22, Michigan led the Midwest with 8% of its intended winter wheat acreage planted.
Across the Corn Belt, a few light rain showers are mainly confined to the middle Missouri Valley. Elsewhere, dry weather and a slow warming trend are promoting summer crop maturation. On September 22, Midwestern corn maturity ranged from 17% in Minnesota to 57% in Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms extend along a cold front from the Great Lakes region into the middle Mississippi Valley. The rain is slowing initial harvest efforts but easing dry conditions and providing beneficial moisture in advance of winter wheat planting. Cooler air trails the front into the western Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, late-season warmth prevails in advance of a cold front stretching from Minnesota to Nebraska. Showers and thunderstorms are developing in the vicinity of the cold front—and also near a warm front draped across the northern and eastern Corn Belt—slowing early-season harvest activities but providing relief from recent heat and dryness.
Across the Corn Belt, Frost Advisories were in effect early Tuesday in parts of Michigan and Wisconsin, primarily north of the major corn and soybean production areas. Meanwhile, scattered rain showers are spreading into Iowa and Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are confined to southernmost corn and soybean production areas. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather favors summer crop maturation. However, some immature corn and soybeans continue to suffer from a lack of soil moisture.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms across are providing beneficial moisture for immature summer crops across the far upper Midwest, including North Dakota and parts of Minnesota. Across much of the remainder of the Midwest, however, persistent dryness and increasingly hot conditions are maintaining significant stress on pastures and immature corn and soybeans.
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry conditions are maintaining stress on immature corn and soybeans. In addition, heat is returning to the western Corn Belt, where Friday’s high temperatures will exceed 90°. In contrast, Friday’s highs will remain below 80° in Michigan and Ohio.