The Weather Front On-Line

Fieldwork lagging across much of the eastern Corn Belt

In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting autumn fieldwork. However, winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting continue to lag the normal pace in the eastern Corn Belt, where Ohio’s corn harvest was just 18% complete on October 30.


A range of harvest conditions across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather favors late-season harvest activities from the Mississippi Valley westward. In contrast, showers are again slowing fieldwork in the eastern Corn Belt, where corn and soybean harvesting have been delayed by late crop maturation and autumn wetness.


Mostly dry, cool weather across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork. Nearly all of the Corn Belt noted temperatures of 32° Friday morning, ending the growing season in areas that had not yet had experienced a freeze.


Late-season warmth across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cool, showery weather is slowing fieldwork across the northern tier of the Midwest, including Michigan. Warm, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. Late-season warmth is especially beneficial in Ohio, where the corn crop was only 76% mature and 14% harvested by October 23.


Harvest opportunities continue across most of the Midwest

In the Corn Belt, a band of showers is crossing Ohio and Indiana, where summer crop harvesting has been delayed by late maturation and autumn wetness. Across the remainder of the Midwest, corn and soybean harvest activities are proceeding on or ahead of schedule.


Cool, but dry weather across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cold weather has largely ended the growing season from the Mississippi Valley westward, although summer crops are already mature and not susceptible to freeze injury. Meanwhile, mostly dry weather has returned to the eastern Corn Belt, where soggy fields continue to restrict fieldwork.


Moderating temperatures ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cold weather has largely ended the growing season from the Mississippi Valley westward, although summer crops are already mature and not susceptible to freeze injury. Meanwhile, mostly dry weather has returned to the eastern Corn Belt, where soggy fields continue to restrict fieldwork.


Rain overspreading the eastern & southern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, rainy weather is halting summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting in the middle Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys. Fieldwork is already behind schedule in the eastern Corn Belt due to a combination of late-developing crops and recent wetness.


A real November-like feel arrives later in the week

Across the Corn Belt, most corn and soybean harvest activities are proceeding under a cool, dry weather regime. However, light rain is overspreading westernmost production areas, including eastern Nebraska.


A slow pace to fieldwork across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, wet fields, and gusty winds are hampering fieldwork, especially across northern and eastern portions of the region. On October 9 in Ohio, the soybean harvest was 3% complete, compared to the 5-year average of 38%. Similarly, only 5% of Ohio’s winter wheat had been planted, compared to the 5-year average of 41%.


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