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October Harvest Weather Looks Favorable

Combines can keep rolling this weekend and into next week across the majority of the Midwest. The next chance for rain in the Midwest will likely be the middle of or late next week, says Dan Hicks, meteorologist with Freese-Notis Weather.

This will continue to push soybean harvest ahead of the five-year pace and may push corn harvest up to the average rate. As of Monday’s USDA NASS report, 21% of soybeans are harvested, compared to a 16% five-year average, and 18% of the nation’s corn has been harvested, compared with a 23% five-year average.

However, there will be some minor delays for states on the eastern side of the Corn Belt. “A stalled system bringing heavy rain to the eastern U.S. will likely bring some showers westward into Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and southeastern Michigan for the weekend,” says Hicks.

The six- to 10-day forecast turns wetter, especially in the northern Midwest. Harvest potential should be better in the southern Midwest and Delta, says MDA Weather Services senior agriculture meteorologist Donald Keeney.

Looking ahead into the rest of October, Midwest producers shouldn’t expect major harvest delays. “There will be rain chances, but likely also some dry windows between systems to allow harvest progress,” explains Hicks.

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