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Across the Corn Belt, rain is maintaining soggy conditions and keeping fieldwork at a standstill in most areas from the Mississippi Valley westward. Early Monday, heavy showers and thunderstorms are spreading into the lower Ohio Valley.

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Across the Corn Belt, Frost Warnings and Freeze Advisories were in effect early Friday across much of the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Dry weather prevails throughout the Midwest, favoring harvest activities in areas where fields are relatively dry and where corn and soybean…

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Across the Corn Belt, frost and temperatures near the freezing mark were noted early Thursday from the Mississippi Valley westward. Meanwhile, cool, breezy weather prevails in the eastern Corn Belt. Fieldwork remains a challenge in the northern Corn Belt due to wetness and pockets of lowland…

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Across the Corn Belt, rain lingers across the middle Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Elsewhere, cool, blustery weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. The U.S. corn crop was 73% fully mature on October 13, the slowest pace in the last one-quarter century (previo…

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Across the Corn Belt, snowy, windy conditions are overspreading the far upper Midwest, including the Red River Valley of the North. Meanwhile, sharply colder air has arrived from the Mississippi River westward. In advance of the blast of cold air, showers and a few thunderstorms stretch from…

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Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather favors corn and soybean maturation. However, early-season harvest efforts in the northern and western Corn Belt have been hampered not only by delayed maturation, but also by soggy field conditions. On October 6, topsoil moisture was rated at least one…

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails. Although patchy frost was reported early Friday in the western Corn Belt, the Midwestern growing season continues, allowing corn and soybeans to edge closer to maturity. Still, one-quarter to one-third of the corn had not yet dented by Septem…

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In the Corn Belt, a band of rain — heaviest in the lower Great Lakes region — separates very cool air across the upper Midwest from lingering warmth in the Ohio Valley. The cool conditions are a concern with respect to corn and soybeans, many of which are running out of time to fully mature.

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Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is ideal for late-developing corn and soybeans. Despite the favorable conditions, only 29% of the U.S. corn crop was fully mature by Sept. 22 — the least amount of progress on that date since 2009, when 26% was mature.

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Across the Corn Belt, a cold front stretching southwestward from the lower Great Lakes region is sparking scattered showers. However, temperatures in the front’s wake remain at near- or above-normal levels, helping late-planted corn and soybeans move closer to maturity.

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Across the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather is nearly ideal for late-developing corn and soybeans, except for locally heavy showers in the upper Midwest. While not as warm as yesterday, Wednesday’s high temperatures will average more than 10 degrees above normal across northern-most porti…

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Across the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather is nearly ideal for late-developing corn and soybeans, except for locally heavy showers in the upper Midwest. The warmest weather — relative to normal — is occurring across the upper Midwest, where Tuesday’s high temperatures will once again app…

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In the Corn Belt, scattered showers are confined to portions of the Great Lakes region. Elsewhere, dry weather and near-normal temperatures favor a push toward corn and soybean maturation. However, statewide crop development is running as much as 2 to 3 weeks behind schedule in states such a…

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- or below-normal temperatures prevail in the wake of a departing cold front. A modern-era record was set for fewest U.S. soybeans setting pods by September 1. The previous record of 92% in 2013 was supplanted by this year’s figure of 86%. Similarly,…

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Across the Corn Belt, another surge of cool air is slowing the push of late-planted corn and soybeans toward maturation. In many upper Midwestern locations, Friday morning’s low temperatures fell below 50°. Elsewhere, rain is largely confined to Missouri, where overnight thunderstorms result…

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Across the Corn Belt, cool weather accompanies scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms. The rain is benefiting corn and soybeans, but below-normal temperatures are maintaining concerns about developmental delays, especially in late-planted fields.

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Across the Corn Belt, a few showers linger across the Ohio Valley in the wake of a departing cold front. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest, raising concerns about delayed maturation for late-planted corn and soybeans. Since the beginning of the 21st century, there have be…

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Across the Corn Belt, a cold front stretching from the lower Great Lakes region into Missouri is helping to focus showers and thunderstorms. The rain is generally benefiting late-planted, late-developing corn and soybeans. Meanwhile, cool, dry air is overspreading the upper Midwest, where Th…

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are affecting some western production areas, including parts of the Missouri Valley. Cool air is arriving across the upper Midwest, but hot, humid conditions linger in the Ohio Valley.

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Across the Corn Belt, sunny weather and near-normal temperatures favor the development of late-planted corn and soybeans. In recent days, showers have benefited summer crops in some of the driest areas of the Midwest, although more rain will be needed as crops progress through the filling st…

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Across the Corn Belt, summer crops are developing amid an absence of heat stress, with near- or below-normal temperatures continuing. In addition, several clusters of showers are benefiting corn and soybeans. Early Friday, the most significant rainfall is occurring in parts of Missouri, Nebr…

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Across the Corn Belt, near- or below-normal temperatures continue to benefit reproductive to filling corn and soybeans, although significant developmental delays remain a concern as the end of summer approaches. By Aug. 11, more than one-fifth of the corn was not yet silking in Indiana, Mich…

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Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- or below-normal temperatures. Despite an absence of heat stress, a difficult growing season continues in parts of the Midwest due to late-planted, poorly rooted corn and soybeans developing amid worsening topsoil moisture shortages.

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In the Corn Belt, a broken line of showers stretches from Michigan to Missouri. Prior to the rain, topsoil moisture had declined precipitously in parts of the central and eastern Corn Belt. On August 4, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-half very short to short in Illinois (57%), Michi…

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front stretch from Michigan to Missouri. The showers are especially beneficial for reproductive corn and soybeans in the central Corn Belt that have received little rain in recent weeks. Meanwhile, cooler, drier air is…