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Rains to Boost Corn & Soybeans, Slow Wheat Harvest

Jordan Anderson 08/06/2014 @ 10:44am Digital Content Editor for Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com

Moisture drifted across the Midwest last night, but was it enough to finish out the growing season strongly? Looks like it wasn’t quite enough to quench the drought, but rain systems moving in next week may be just what the farmer ordered.

"As the old saying goes ‘rain makes grain’ – large areas are in dire need of rain.  The forecast rainfall amounts look promising for many areas, but we need to watch for the areas that receive less than expected or no rain whatsoever.  If these rain events fall short of expectations we should see the grains recover some of the recent losses," Bob Linneman, Kluis Commodities market analyst, wrote to customers Wednesday in a daily newsletter. 

As much as we would love one last rain to finish out the corn-growing season, it turns out that may not have been the case. Veteran Advisor for Agriculture.com's Marketing Talk jennys_mn’s observed that the Corn Belt didn’t receive nearly as much rain as was predicted the past 24 hours.

“This morning, we have the disturbance moving through IA. This was supposed to be the big rain maker giving ALL of the Midwest the BIG DRINK that it needs, touted by the bears last week,” explains jennys_mn. “It's raining, not as much as the radar shows I would guess. IA, MO, and IL will benefit from this event, most everyone else goes lacking.  We'll see what the totals look like tomorrow morning. The bigger event is still a week away. This system could give most of the corn and bean belt a drink.“

There’s still hope on the horizon for a final burst to give corn and soybeans the hydration they need to green up and wind-up the growing season strongly. 

“Showers are beginning to build into the west central Midwest, and additional widespread rains are expected in west central and southern areas through the weekend,” says Don Keeney, MDA Weather Services. “The rains should significantly improve moisture as well as crop conditions for soybean growth. However, some dryness will likely continue across north central and northeastern areas, especially north central Indiana.” 

As wheat growing season is wrapping up, this rain won’t be quite as beneficial for winter and spring wheat producers. 

“Rains in the north central Plains through this weekend will ease long-term dryness a bit, but the rains will slow remaining winter wheat harvesting as well as spring wheat harvesting,” reports Keeney. “Rains in the west central Prairies should continue to improve moisture there, although spring wheat growth is finishing up. The continued cool pattern across the Midwest through next week will prevent heat stress on the corn and soybeans, but will slow growth a bit.”

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