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 »

A wet pattern for much of the Corn Belt

During the first half of the week, scattered showers (locally 1 to 2 inches) will affect the South, East, and lower Midwest. By mid-week, rainfall associated with the remnants of eastern Pacific Hurricane Simon will spread into the Southwest. The tropical moisture will begin to interact with a cold front, leading to possibly heavy late-week… 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 »

A colder, wetter pattern for the Corn Belt

The National Weather Service has issued Freeze Warnings for Saturday morning across the upper Midwest, stretching as far south as Nebraska and northwestern Iowa. In those areas, Saturday’s freeze will have the potential to harm immature summer crops, including corn and soybeans. Windy conditions will accompany the freeze, resulting in a fairly uniform temperature distribution… Read more »

Warm, dry weather regime throughout the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, late-developing corn and soybeans are getting a boost toward maturity under a warm, dry weather regime. In the lower Midwest, mild, dry conditions also favor planting of soft red winter wheat. On the Plains, very warm, dry weather continues to promote summer crop maturation and harvesting, as well as winter wheat… Read more »