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Rain to Delay End of Corn Belt Harvest
Though it’s almost completed, the remaining Corn Belt harvest activity will be delayed this week by rain.
“The rains that hit the Delta, over the weekend, will stretch across the Midwest Tuesday and Wednesday. Drier weather will return to the Midwest later this week, but another round of rain is expected across the southern Plains by the end of the week,” Kyle Tapley, MDA Weather Services meteorologist noted in a daily letter to customers Monday.
On Monday, the USDA Crop Progress Report showed U.S. corn 75% complete vs. 68% five-year average. Specifically, Illinois corn harvest is rated as 93% finished, Indiana 82%, Iowa at 73%, Minnesota 81%, and Nebraska at 57% completed.
For soybeans, the nation is 87% finished, compared with an 80% five-year average. All major soybean-producing states are above 90% completed.
“In the 6-10 day outlook, rains expected to fall in the Plains will stretch in the southern and eastern Corn Belt by the first week of November,” Tapley wrote. “Temperatures should be well above normal across the Corn Belt in the next 6-10 days.”
BRAZIL GETS WETTER
Much needed rainfall events are expected to occur in Brazil’s leading soybean-growing state of Mato Grosso, as well as the states of northern Goias and Sao Paulo, Tapley stated.
“And even heavier rainfall events are expected over the next 10 days, with a much wetter pattern developing for much of Brazil,” he says.
The heaviest rains amounting to 3 to 5-inches are expected across central and northwestern Brazil, Tapley stated.
In addition, rains are expected in southern Brazil.