The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Showery weather slowing Corn Belt fieldwork

Across the Corn Belt, cool, cloudy, showery weather is slowing or halting fieldwork. On October 21, prior to the rainfall, the only Midwestern States where the soybean harvest was at least two-thirds complete were Illinois (74% harvested) and Indiana (67%).

Weather, for now, favors Fall harvest, fieldwork

Across the Corn Belt, cool but dry weather continues to promote an acceleration of fieldwork. On October 21, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-fifth surplus in Iowa (35% surplus), Minnesota (30%), Wisconsin (24%), and Michigan (21%). On the same date, the U.S. soybean harvest was just 53% complete—the slowest overall pace by October 21 since 2009.

Weather promotes midwestern fall fieldwork, harvest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean harvesting, as well as winter wheat planting. Producers harvested 15% of the U.S. soybean acreage during the week ending October 21, equal to the amount harvested during the preceding 2 weeks. However, the overall U.S. soybean harvest was just 53% complete by October 21, well behind the 5-year average of 69%.

Favorable fall weather across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather lingers east of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, the return of above-normal temperatures across the western Corn Belt favors an acceleration of corn and soybean harvest efforts, except in some of the most waterlogged fields.

Largely dry, cool pattern to continue

Across the Corn Belt, light rain across the upper Midwest in advance of a cold front is causing some renewed fieldwork delays. On October 14, the soybean harvest was at least 30 percentage points behind the respective state 5-year averages in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas.

Cool, generally dry Corn Belt pattern continues

Across the Corn Belt, cool but favorably dry weather prevails, except for some snow showers in the upper Great Lakes region. Still, many upper Midwestern fields are saturated and may not be able to support harvest equipment until soils freeze. On October 14, topsoil moisture was rated 60% surplus in Iowa and 42% surplus in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A cool, but largely dry Midwest weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, Freeze Warnings were in effect early Tuesday as far south as Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, fully ending the Midwestern growing season.

Despite chill, gradually drier pattern gets underway

Across the Corn Belt, Freeze Warnings were in effect early Friday across northern corn and soybean production areas as far east as Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Summer crops in the freeze-affected region are largely mature, but the cool weather is contributing to a slow return to fieldwork due to low evaporation rates.

Drier, but much cooler, colder weather ahead

Across the Corn Belt, a strong cold front crossing the Mississippi Valley is producing widespread showers. Cool air covers the western Corn Belt, while lingering warmth prevails in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Lowland flooding continues along several rivers from northern Missouri to southern Wisconsin.