The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A moderating trend in temperatures ahead next week

Across the Corn Belt, patches of light snow are occurring primarily in northern Missouri and downwind of the Great Lakes. Producers continue to push slowly toward harvest completion, balancing crop fragility (e.g. the susceptibility of unharvested soybeans to quality degradation) with the impacts of heavy equipment on soggy fields that have not yet fully frozen.

More early-season cold for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, patches of light snow are primarily affecting southern and western areas. Cold, cloudy weather prevails throughout the Midwest, hampering final harvest efforts. In South Dakota, nearly one-fifth (18%) of the sunflower acreage remained in the field on December 2.

Another strong, early-season storm for the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, fog, low clouds, wet fields, and patches of light precipitation continue to limit late-autumn fieldwork. On November 25, the amount of corn remaining in the field ranged from 10 to 20% in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas. Similarly, 10 to 15% of the soybeans had not yet been harvested on that date in Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.

An unsettled midwestern weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, cold, breezy conditions persist. Excess soil moisture continues to inhibit fieldwork, especially in the eastern Corn Belt. On November 25, topsoil moisture in Ohio was rated 65% surplus. The U.S. soybean harvest, 94% finished by the 25th, is nearing completion at the slowest pace in the modern era. Since the mid-1990s, the previous latest date of the U.S.

Milder days to accompany a more active pattern

Across the Corn Belt, an early-season winter storm lingers across the lower Great Lakes region. Significant travel disruptions continue in areas affected by wind-driven snow, stretching from the southwestern Corn Belt into parts of Michigan. At daybreak Monday in Illinois, snow depths included 11 inches in Rockford and 7 inches in Chicago.

A more active pattern later into the Holiday Weekend

In the Corn Belt, seasonally cool, mostly dry weather is allowing some producers to complete corn and soybean harvest efforts. However, soils remain wet in much of the eastern Corn Belt, where Ohio’s topsoil moisture was rated 71% surplus on November 18. Currently, a few snow showers are occurring downwind of the Great Lakes.

A welcome change in weather ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cold weather and excess soil moisture levels are maintaining a slow pace of fieldwork, including late-season corn and soybean harvest efforts. Early Monday, rain showers are occurring in parts of the Ohio Valley, while snow showers are affecting the upper Great Lakes region.

Quiet pattern ahead for Thanksgiving Week

Across the Corn Belt, snow remains on the ground—following Thursday’s storm—from the middle Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, further delaying late-season soft red winter wheat planting efforts.

Winter-like pattern dominates much of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather prevails. However, fieldwork delays persist in many areas due to wet conditions. On November 11, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-half surplus in Ohio (67%) and Michigan (63%). In the western Corn Belt, soils have begun to freeze during an early-season cold snap.