Cold wave races into the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, snow is falling in the upper Great Lakes region, while rain showers stretch southward from Lower Michigan through the Ohio Valley. Sharply colder air is overspreading the entire region, with Friday morning’s low temperatures generally ranging from 15 to 25° in the upper Midwest. The adverse weather conditions, which include gusty… Read more »

A colder pattern gets underway

Across the Corn Belt, near-normal temperatures are arriving in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Dry, breezy weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, although clouds and a few showers linger in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. On the Plains, Freeze Warnings were in effect early Wednesday across portions of Kansas and eastern… Read more »

Late-season warmth for parts of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, rain showers and a few thunderstorms are affecting northern corn and soybean production areas. Autumn fieldwork, with the exception of upper Midwestern soybean harvesting, remains behind schedule due to late crop maturation and the lingering effects of early- to mid-October downpours. On the Plains, cooler air is arriving across Montana and… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Dry weather for now across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, although below-normal temperatures persist across northern corn and soybean production areas. On October 5, the soybean harvest was at least 20 percentage points behind the respective 5-year state averages in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, with harvest progress in those states… Read more »

Cool weather in the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather accompanies isolated showers. In areas of the upper Midwest affected by the recent freeze, producers continue to monitor immature crops. At the time of the cold snap, on October 4-5, at least nine-tenths of the soybeans were dropping leaves in all freeze-affected states except Wisconsin (78% dropping leaves) and… Read more »

Windy, much colder air on the move

Across the Corn Belt, widespread showers stretch southward from the Great Lakes region. On gusty winds, markedly colder air is entering the western Corn Belt, where Friday morning’s low temperatures fell to near 40°. On the Plains, widespread freezes covered Montana and Wyoming early Friday morning, with minimum temperatures generally ranging from 20 to 30°…. Read more »