Unseasonably warm harvest conditions to begin October

Temperatures in early October are expected to be unseasonably warm over much of the Corn Belt.

Iowa state climatologist Justin Glisan says an active weather pattern that brought rain to parts of the Midwest recently will give way to hot and drier conditions over the next two to three weeks.

“We’ve had dry-down over the last several weeks, just given how rapidly maturity occurred with the two heatwaves that we had in August and the warmer temperatures that we’ve seen in September. So we’ve definitely pushed the crop really fast.”

He tells Brownfield there are higher chances for precipitation in the Western Corn Belt.

“And then the Eastern Corn Belt looking like drier chances, and a pretty good dry signal across the Eastern Corn Belt. So it depends on where you are.”

Glisan says the potential for fires is a concern with the warmer harvest weather and he encourages farmers to be cognizant of equipment and weather forecasts. 

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