The Weather Front On-Line

Corn rating falls in the wake of recent freezes

Across the Corn Belt, rain showers are spreading into the upper Mississippi Valley, but mild, dry weather favors early-season harvest efforts across the remainder of the Midwest. The corn harvest is within 5 percentage points of the 5-year average in Missouri (34% harvested), Illinois (11%), Indiana (4%), Iowa (3%), and Nebraska (2%).


Temperatures moderate, rain chances increase across the Midwest

Cool weather will linger this weekend across the eastern U.S., although the threat of additional frost will be confined to the interior Northeast.

By early next week, warmth will temporarily cover much of the U.S. However, chilly weather—but not as cold as the recent cold snap—will return to the Midwest by mid- next week.


Moderating temperatures ahead for the Heartland

In the Corn Belt, cloudiness increased overnight Thursday, helping to prevent a second freeze. Nevertheless, scattered frost was noted in the Great Lakes region, particularly across Wisconsin and Michigan. Producers continue to monitor the effects of the September 15 freeze on immature corn and soybeans in Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas, northern Iowa, and west-central Wisconsin.


A freeze across portions of the northern Plains, upper Midwest

In the Corn Belt, a freeze has ended the growing season in portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and the eastern Dakotas. Producers are monitoring fields of immature corn and soybeans for indications of freeze damage. Farther east, showers are gradually ending across the Ohio Valley.


Frost & freeze potential in the upper Midwest

On the Plains, hot weather has returned to Texas and neighboring areas. This year’s wildfires have charred nearly 3.7 million acres in Texas, more than 2% of the state’s area. Nearly all of the rangeland and pastures are rated very poor to poor in Texas (96%) and Oklahoma (93%).


Dry weather allows corn harvest to begin

Dry conditions persisted across the state last week. Precipitation was below normal.

Corn was maturing at a fast rate given the dry weather. The crop was rated 93 percent dented, compared to a five-year average of 82 percent. Forty-six percent of the crop was rated mature as compared to a five-year average of 41 percent. Five percent of the crop was harvested.


Warm, dry weather covers most of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a spell of warm, dry weather is nearly ideal for corn and soybean maturation and early-season harvest activities.


Cool, a bit damp across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather and scattered showers linger in the Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys. In contrast, warm, dry weather across the upper Midwest favors corn and soybean maturation.


Comfortably cool across the Midwest

In the Corn Belt, a few showers linger across eastern areas. Cool conditions persist across the southern and eastern Corn Belt, but warm, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean maturation in the upper Midwest.


Very pleasant late-Summer weather continues

A broad area of high pressure will continue to provide pleasant conditions through mid- this week. Lot’s of sunshine is expected, although some cloudiness from the remnants of “Lee” may affect areas to the south and east. A fresh breeze will also prevail from the north, increasing to 15 to 25 mph during the mid-day and afternoon hours.


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