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 »

Dry weather favoring late-season development in the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather continues to assist late-developing corn and soybeans push toward maturity. However, showers are encroaching on northwestern production areas, including the eastern Dakotas. On the Plains, rain showers in the vicinity of a cold front stretch from the Dakotas into Wyoming. The northern Plains’ rain is slowing winter wheat planting… Read more »

Patchy Midwestern Dryness of Minimal Concern

Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers accompany a continuation of near- to below-normal temperatures. Patchy Midwestern dryness developed during July, but overall crop stress has been minimal due to a lack of heat and the ability of corn and soybeans to tap into soil moisture reserves that accumulated during a very wet June. On the… Read more »

Pockets of dryness in the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures remain mostly favorable for corn and soybeans. However, pockets of short-term dryness are becoming a concern in some areas, mainly across the western and southern Corn Belt. On July 27, topsoil moisture was rated 41% very short to short in Nebraska and 39% very… Read more »