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'Potent' fall storm to benefit wheat, slow remaining harvest

Agriculture.com Staff 11/07/2011 @ 10:52am

"A potent fall storm is taking shape across the central Plains, and should continue to intensify later today through Tuesday as it moves northeast cross the central and western Midwest," MDA EarthSat Weather reported Monday morning. "The storm should spread copious amounts of rain across eastern NE, central and eastern KS, central and eastern OK,northeast TX, AR, MO, IA, IL, northern IN, southeastern WI, and MI.

"The showers will help to further ease dryness and stress on establishment of wheat in the southeastern Plains, southwestern Midwest, and northern Delta, but will slow any remaining
corn and soybean harvesting across the western Midwest and eastern Plains," said Don Keeney, MDA EarthSat meteorologist

"This storm is obviously more very good news for a hard-red winter wheat crop that over the past month has seen several nice precipitation events that puts the crop is relatively good shape (considering how historic the drought is) going into winter," Freese-Notis reported.

"It is a storm that will stop harvesting in the western Corn Belt, but so little is left to do there that it has to be considered as beneficial moisture for an area that has really been drying out as of late," the weather service said.  "Ohio is the area where a lot of corn and soybean harvesting is still to be done, but that is a state that is likely going to see very little precipitation throughout this week."

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