The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

More wet weather ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a low-pressure system centered over the lower Ohio Valley is producing heavy rain and halting fieldwork from Missouri into the lower Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, upper Midwestern field conditions are mostly favorable for corn and soybean harvesting, except in areas of lingering wetness.

A wetter pattern ahead for much of the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors corn and soybean harvest efforts, despite an increase in cloudiness. Although 34% of the U.S. soybean acreage was harvested during the last 2 weeks, overall progress—72% harvested by October 28—remains the slowest since 2009, when just 47% had been harvested.

Favorable fall weather temporarily resumes

Across the Corn Belt, cool, cloudy conditions prevail downwind of the Great Lakes, stretching as far south as the middle Ohio Valley. Mild, dry weather is overspreading the remainder of the Midwest, favoring previously delayed corn and soybean harvest efforts.

Showery weather slowing Corn Belt fieldwork

Across the Corn Belt, cool, cloudy, showery weather is slowing or halting fieldwork. On October 21, prior to the rainfall, the only Midwestern States where the soybean harvest was at least two-thirds complete were Illinois (74% harvested) and Indiana (67%).

Weather, for now, favors Fall harvest, fieldwork

Across the Corn Belt, cool but dry weather continues to promote an acceleration of fieldwork. On October 21, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-fifth surplus in Iowa (35% surplus), Minnesota (30%), Wisconsin (24%), and Michigan (21%). On the same date, the U.S. soybean harvest was just 53% complete—the slowest overall pace by October 21 since 2009.

Weather promotes midwestern fall fieldwork, harvest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean harvesting, as well as winter wheat planting. Producers harvested 15% of the U.S. soybean acreage during the week ending October 21, equal to the amount harvested during the preceding 2 weeks. However, the overall U.S. soybean harvest was just 53% complete by October 21, well behind the 5-year average of 69%.

Favorable fall weather across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather lingers east of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, the return of above-normal temperatures across the western Corn Belt favors an acceleration of corn and soybean harvest efforts, except in some of the most waterlogged fields.

Largely dry, cool pattern to continue

Across the Corn Belt, light rain across the upper Midwest in advance of a cold front is causing some renewed fieldwork delays. On October 14, the soybean harvest was at least 30 percentage points behind the respective state 5-year averages in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas.

Cool, generally dry Corn Belt pattern continues

Across the Corn Belt, cool but favorably dry weather prevails, except for some snow showers in the upper Great Lakes region. Still, many upper Midwestern fields are saturated and may not be able to support harvest equipment until soils freeze. On October 14, topsoil moisture was rated 60% surplus in Iowa and 42% surplus in Minnesota and Wisconsin.