Harvest delays apparent

Across the Corn Belt, cloudy, showery, chilly weather is hampering fieldwork in the lower Great Lakes region. In contrast, warm, dry weather prevails in the western Corn Belt. On October 19, the corn harvest ranged from 9 to 34 percentage points behind the respective 5-year state averages in the Corn Belt, while the soybean harvest… Read more »

Wet weather to return to the upper Midwest

Cool conditions will linger across the eastern one-third of the U.S. during the next several days, but late-season warmth will continue from the Pacific Coast to the Plains. During the weekend, cooler air will begin to overspread the West, while mild weather will return to the East. Mostly dry weather will prevail in many parts… Read more »

Favorable harvest weather in many areas

Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers associated with a cold front are slowing fieldwork in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, dry weather favors corn and soybean dry down and harvesting. Conditions for harvest are especially favorable across the upper Midwest. On the Plains, warm, dry weather is… Read more »

A mild, largely dry pattern ahead

Heavy showers associated with Tropical Storm Ana will linger Monday across the western Hawaiian Islands. Meanwhile on the U.S. mainland, mild, dry weather will cover many areas through week’s end, although generally cool conditions will dominate the eastern one-third of the nation. The warmest weather, relative to normal, will cover the northern Plains, where temperatures… Read more »

A drier pattern for the Heartland

A slow-moving cold front will provide the focus for locally heavy, early- to mid-week rainfall across portions of the East and Midwest. Heavy rain will continue in the Northeast through Thursday, while scattered showers will linger through week’s end from the Great Lakes region to the northern and central Appalachians. Five-day rainfall totals could reach… Read more »

Showery in the eastern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather has returned to the upper Midwest. However, showery, breezy weather covers the remainder of the Corn Belt, further slowing a harvest season already delayed by late corn and soybean maturation. On the Plains, cool conditions linger in the wake of a departing storm. A Frost Advisory is in… Read more »

Fieldwork delays in the southern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork remains at a standstill across the southern tier of the region due to ongoing heavy rainfall. In contrast, cool, dry weather covers the northern two-thirds of the Corn Belt. Widespread frost was noted Friday morning as far south and east as Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois. On the Plains,… Read more »

A milder and drier trend in the days to come

A series of disturbances traveling along the length of a cold front will continue to focus locally heavy rainfall across the Mid-South and environs. During the next 5 days, additional rainfall could reach 2 to 5 inches or more in a broad area centered on the Ozark Plateau and the lower Ohio Valley. North of… Read more »

Rain in parts of the central, southern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, heavy showers are developing in southern production areas, particularly in northern Missouri and southern Illinois. In contrast, cool, dry weather covers the northern Corn Belt. On October 5, the Midwestern corn harvest ranged from 1% complete in North Dakota to 44% complete in Missouri—at least 10 percentage points behind the respective… Read more »

Wet weather Mississippi Valley, eastward

A significant rainfall event is underway across the nation’s mid-section due to the interaction between remnant tropical moisture and a cold front. From Arizona to Colorado, additional rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches. However, the focus for heavy, late-week rainfall will continue to shift to parts of the Plains and Mid-South. A second cold… Read more »