A winter “look & feel” across the Corn Belt
November 14, 2019 By Greg Soulje Filed Under: Uncategorized
Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather favors corn
and soybean harvesting in areas where fields have frozen or are dry enough to
support heavy equipment. Other complicating factors related to harvest include
a variable (but generally shallow) snow cover, as well as a high moisture
content for crops that remain in the field. Only 15% of North Dakota’s corn
acreage had been harvested by November 10, compared to the 5-year average of
On the Plains, dry weather favors fieldwork,
including harvest activities and late-season winter wheat planting efforts.
Mild weather has returned across the northern High Plains, but chilly
conditions linger farther south and east. Dry conditions are resulting in some
uneven stands of winter wheat across portions of the central High Plains.
In the South, rain is falling from southern and
eastern Texas to the central Gulf Coast. The remainder of the South continues
to experience unusually cool weather, although temperatures are generally not
as low as those observed on Wednesday. Harvest activities continue in areas
experiencing dry weather; on November 10, the U.S. peanut harvest was 89%
complete, while the Delta cotton harvest ranged from 71% complete in Missouri
to 96% complete in Louisiana.
In the West, mild, dry weather prevails, despite an
increase in cloudiness. The winter wet season has been slow to start in some
areas, including much of California and the Great Basin.
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