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Harvest weather improving

09/27/2010 @ 9:45am

For better than a week I have been promising farmers in the soggy western Corn Belt this is not the repeat of the horrendous October harvesting conditions of last year, and that this current time frame would be the start of an extended period of dry weather. Well, it looks like I am going to be able to deliver on those promises. The first half of the weekend was wet and cold in the western Corn Belt, but it was sunny and dry yesterday and there is a lot more where that came from.

At this point, it is very difficult to say when the next significant rain event is going to arrive in the central and western Corn Belt, the Delta and the Plains; suffice it to say that it will not occur in the next ten days, and quite possibly two weeks. I would think that most places in the above-mentioned area will go the next ten days (or longer) with no rain at all. Eastern Indiana, eastern Michigan, and especially Ohio will see rain moving in today that will continue into a part of tomorrow, then they too will also see dry weather for largely the rest of the ten-day forecast.

This very dry weather coming up is not good news for everyone. It is bone-dry in Delta winter wheat areas and very dry in parts of the eastern Corn Belt wheat areas, and those areas simply have to get rain at some point to get winter wheat germinated. Not everyone in the Plains hard-red belt got sufficient rain last week to ensure good planting conditions either. Temperatures over the next week will average cooler than normal for the eastern Plains, the Corn Belt, and the Delta with readings in that period about three to nine degrees below normal.

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