Over the past week, cooler temperatures and the lack of rain for most of the state provided an opportunity at field work, especially harvest operations.
Corn harvest continued to progress with 36 percent of the crop now being harvested.
Across the Corn Belt, a cold front is triggering widely scattered showers across the upper Midwest. In advance of the front, a surge of moisture is resulting in the development of a few showers in the Ohio Valley.
On the Plains, isolated showers are confined to the northern half of the region.
Across the Corn Belt, a band of widespread showers stretches from southeastern Michigan into the middle Mississippi Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, a Frost Advisory was in effect early Thursday in parts of the eastern Dakotas and northwestern Minnesota, where Thursday morning low temperatures generally ranged from 30 to 40°.
Across the Corn Belt, showers are developing across the upper Midwest, where more than three-quarters of the pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition on September 9 in Nebraska (97% very poor to poor), Iowa (77%), and South Dakota (76%). The rain is causing only minor fieldwork delays.
On the Plains, cool weather is returning to northern areas.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. In the eastern Corn Belt, pastures continue to benefit from recent soil moisture improvements. Meanwhile, crops are maturing rapidly, with corn harvest underway in all Midwestern States except Wisconsin.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of recent rainfall. Drought-easing rainfall was heaviest across central and southern Indiana, where late-week and weekend precipitation totaled 4 inches or more in many locations.
Across the Corn Belt, cooler air is spreading across northern and western areas, but hot weather persists in the Ohio Valley. Showers and thunderstorms are developing across the central Corn Belt in the vicinity of a cold front.
On the Plains, cooler weather prevails, except for lingering heat in parts of Texas and southern Oklahoma.
Across the Corn Belt, hot, dry weather is promoting summer crop maturation and early-season harvest activities, but is maintaining stress on drought-affected pastures.
On the Plains, hot, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including winter wheat planting preparations.
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies a late-season warm spell. Scattered showers are confined to the upper Midwest. On August 26, Missouri led the nation with 99% of its pastureland rated in very poor to poor condition, followed by Nebraska with 95%.