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 »

A wet pattern forecast for the Corn Belt

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The interaction between Pacific tropical moisture and a cold front will lead to a prolonged, late-week rainfall event from the southern half of the Plains into the Mid-Atlantic States. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 5 inches across the southeastern Plains, Mid-South, and lower Ohio Valley. Prior to reaching the central and eastern U.S.,… 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 »

September Was Cool and Wet for Illinois

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September was 1.5 degrees cooler than average and 0.88 inches wetter than average for Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. The average statewide temperature was 64.4 degrees. The statewide average precipitation for September in Illinois was 4.12 inches. The heaviest rains fell across western and central… 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 »

A wetter pattern for the Heartland

For the remainder of Tuesday, showers and thunderstorms will stretch from the interior Southeast into the Northeast. Meanwhile, rainfall associated with Hurricane Simon’s remnants will spread into the Southwest. During the second half of the week, the tropical moisture’s interaction with a cold front could lead to 2- to 4-inch rainfall totals from the southern… Read more »

Growing season ends in parts of the upper Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails. Scattered showers dot the southern and eastern Corn Belt. On October 4-5, freezes ended the growing season in parts of the upper Midwest, including the Dakotas, much of Nebraska, parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and northwestern Iowa. Producers are monitoring the effects of cold weather on immature corn… Read more »