The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Harvest delays continue across the far eastern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, lingering snow showers are mostly confined to the eastern Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, cool, dry weather prevails. Fieldwork delays persist in parts of the eastern Corn Belt, including Ohio, where 83% of the acreage intended for winter wheat had been planted by November 6.

A dry October across the state of Illinois

The statewide average precipitation for October in Illinois was 1.79 inches, 1.12 below average. This was the 21st driest October on record for the state, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.

Fair weather returns to the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting late-season fieldwork in the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, dry weather has returned to the southern and eastern Corn Belt, although wet fields continue to hamper winter wheat planting and corn and soybean harvesting.

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.