The Weather Front On-Line
In the Corn Belt, cool weather and widespread showers are slowing fieldwork, including early-season corn harvesting. Some of the heaviest rain is falling in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and from Michigan southward into the middle Ohio Valley.
The largely dry conditions that have been affecting the area the past three months has generated moderate to severe drought over central Illinois. Though some decent rains of 1 to 2 inches fell between September 14-21 over the Illinois River Valley and southeast of I-70. According to the U.S.
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%).
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.
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.