The Weather Front On-Line
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Across the Corn Belt, the season’s first significant cold front is crossing the upper Midwest, preceded and accompanied by locally heavy showers and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, hot, dry weather is maintaining stress on filling corn and soybeans across the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, beneficial showers are ending across eastern portions of the region. Recent and ongoing Midwestern rainfall is benefiting pastures and filling summer crops, but largely bypassed some of the driest areas of the southern Corn Belt.