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Weather challenging harvest, wheat growth

Agriculture.com Staff 11/14/2011 @ 9:22am

Farmers who are still continuing with their harvests may struggle with the weather later this month, forecasters say. Meantime, dry weather continues to challenge wheat establishment in the plains. 

Good harvest weather will continue in places like Ohio through Sunday, but rain is expected there and throughout the southeastern Corn Belt and Delta, Freese-Notis Weather reported on Monday.

"Additional precipitation late next week and the potential for a big storm for the 11-15 day time frame suggest that it will be more difficult to get fieldwork done in the eastern Corn Belt during the second half of November than it has here in the first half," the weather service said.

"Temperatures do not look to be persistently cold for the next ten days to two weeks in much of the eastern half of the Nation, which takes us to around Thanksgiving. This weekend looks to be a very warm period in the Midwest (albeit with a lot of strong wind), and late next week into at least the first part of the week of Thanksgiving looks to be an especially warm period as well," Freese-Notis reported.

"Significant dryness is continuing across the southwestern Plains, MDA EarthSat Weather said Monday. "Dryness will remain a concern across the southwestern Plains, stressing establishment of the wheat crop.

"In the 6-10 day period, widespread warmth is expected, and another storm system will move through the central U.S. This storm should bring some beneficial rainfall to the Plains, although additional rainfall will still be needed. Rains are also expected to spread across the southern and southwestern Midwest, which may slow any late harvesting," EarthSat's Kyle Tapley wrote.

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