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Across the Corn Belt, snow showers linger downwind of the Great Lakes, especially across Michigan. Current snow depths, following recent storms, include 6 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 4 inches in Traverse City, Michigan. Late-season corn and soybean harvest efforts remain d…

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Across the Corn Belt, snow showers linger downwind of the Great Lakes, especially across Michigan. Current snow depths, following recent storms, include 6 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 4 inches in Traverse City, Michigan. Late-season corn and soybean harvest efforts remain d…

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails, aside from snow flurries in the Great Lakes region. However, late-season fieldwork remains largely at a standstill due to soggy or snow-covered fields. The U.S. corn harvest was 89% complete by December 1—the slowest harvest to this point since 200…

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Across the Corn Belt, cold, mostly cloudy weather lingers. Substantial snow covers roughly the northern half of the Midwest, putting late-season corn and soybean harvesting on an indefinite hold. Monday early-morning snow depths include 6 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 3 inch…

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Across the Corn Belt, a low-pressure system centered near Lake Michigan is producing a variety of weather hazards. Snow is blanketing the upper Mississippi Valley, while rain is soaking the eastern Corn Belt. Windy weather prevails throughout the region. Midwestern fieldwork is at a standsti…

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and above-normal temperatures are promoting some late-autumn corn and soybean harvest efforts, where field conditions permit. However, soggy field conditions and a high moisture content for unharvested corn and soybeans continue to limit fieldwork, especiall…

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Across the Corn Belt, rain will linger through Friday morning in the Ohio Valley. Elsewhere, a return of dry weather follows Thursday’s widespread precipitation, which has significantly slowed or halted corn and soybean harvest activities.

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- or above-normal temperatures prevail in advance of an approaching storm system. On November 17, more than one-half of the corn remained in the field in North Dakota (23% harvested), Michigan (39%), and Wisconsin (44%), while more than one-fifth of …

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Across the Corn Belt, cold conditions persist, although dry weather generally favors fieldwork. However, local harvest complications include soggy soils, snow cover, and a high moisture content for crops remaining in the field. On November 10, topsoil moisture was rated 30 to 60% surplus in …

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Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather favors corn and soybean harvesting in areas where fields have frozen or are dry enough to support heavy equipment. Other complicating factors related to harvest include a variable (but generally shallow) snow cover, as well as a high moisture content f…

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Across the Corn Belt, patches of light precipitation stretch from Nebraska and South Dakota into the Great Lakes region. As upper Midwestern fields freeze, producers are selectively harvesting crops. Corn, which in many cases needs additional time to dry down in the field, was 66% harvested …

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Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork, except in areas where soggy soils continue to limit or prevent corn and soybean harvesting and late-season winter wheat planting. Friday morning’s low temperatures fell below 10° in much of the upper Midwest, especially in area…

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Across the Corn Belt, several Midwestern locations completed a record-wet October. Among those places was Des Moines, Iowa, where October precipitation totaled 7.41 inches (281% of normal). Currently, cold weather is limiting evaporation rates from still-soggy or snow-covered fields. At dayb…

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Across the Corn Belt, outside of a few light showers in the western Corn Belt, dry but cooler weather is allowing some fieldwork to resume. However, as of October 20, the corn harvest lags the 5-year average by more than 30 percentage points in Illinois (36 percent complete), while the soybe…

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Across the Corn Belt, windy, showery weather is maintaining soggy conditions and keeping fieldwork at a standstill in most areas from the Mississippi Valley westward. As of October 20, the corn harvest lags the 5-year average by more than 30 percentage points in Illinois (36 percent complete…

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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…