The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails. Scattered showers dot the southern and eastern Corn Belt. On October 4-5, freezes ended the growing season in parts of the upper Midwest, including the Dakotas, much of Nebraska, parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and northwestern Iowa. Producers are monitoring the effects of cold weather on immature corn and soybeans.
Across the Corn Belt, showers stretch from the upper Mississippi Valley to northwestern Missouri. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean maturation. On September 21, the corn harvest was at least 15 percentage points behind the 5-year average pace in Missouri (21% complete) and Illinois (6% complete).
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather continues to promote corn and soybean development, as well as early-season winter wheat planting. Conditions are especially favorable across the upper Midwest, where above-normal temperatures are helping to push late-developing summer crops toward maturity.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather continues to assist late-developing corn and soybeans push toward maturity. However, showers are encroaching on northwestern production areas, including the eastern Dakotas.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures are promoting a slow push toward corn and soybean maturation. Meanwhile, winter wheat planting is underway in parts of the lower Midwest, led by Michigan (4% complete on September 14).
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures favor a gradual push toward maturity for late-developing corn and soybeans. By September 14, corn reaching maturity ranged from 15 to 25 percentage points behind the respective 5-year averages in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas.
In the Corn Belt, rain is soaking the upper Mississippi Valley and the upper Great Lakes region. Sharply colder air is arriving in the far upper Midwest, where temperatures have fallen below 50°. Warmth lingers, however, from the Ohio Valley into the lower Great Lakes region.