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Harvest delays move into forecast

10/18/2011 @ 9:21am

After weeks in which the U.S. corn and soybean harvest has rolled along mostly unimpeded, harvest delays are forecast for large parts of the country.

"Harvest and fall field work will be delayed for the rest of the week with a slow-moving storm bringing significant rain to parts of eastern MO, IL, KY, IN, OH, MI, and southeastern WI," Freese-Notis Weather reported Tuesday morning.

"West and northwest of these areas fairly dry weather the rest of the week will allow further harvest progress, and dry weather in most of the Plains will allow progress of fall harvest and fieldwork to continue," the weather service said. "Rains will briefly slow harvest in the Delta the next few days and in the Southeastern U.S. into late this week."

Kyle Tapley, MDA EarthSat Weather, looks for the heaviest rainfall to occur in southern IL and IN today. "Rains will move into IN, MI, and OH tomorrow, and will linger across MI, eastern IN, and OH on Thursday. Rainfall amounts will range from 0.50 to 2.0” in these areas, with some areas in northern IN, southern MI, and northwestern OH potentially seeing even higher amounts.

"Corn and soybean harvesting is already behind schedule in these areas, so the rains will lead to additional harvest delays. Dry, but cool weather is expected across the eastern Midwest Friday through the weekend," the MDA EarthSat forecast said.

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