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Chance of Rain Into Weekend, Then Clear Skies for Harvest

During the first week in October, there has been little precipitation across most of the Midwest, allowing farmers to complete almost half of soybean harvest and 30% of corn harvest. However, combines may be halted for the first time this week as a front moves across the Midwest.

 

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“There will be a frontal passage across the Midwest on Thursday and Friday, which will touch off some showers and slow harvesting a bit,” says MDA Weather Services senior agriculture meteorologist Donald Keeney. “However, the outlook is very dry from this weekend through all of next week, so harvesting should progress well at that point.”

Looking out into the third week in October, precipitation will increase to near normal levels. “The weather pattern will get more active across the region at this point,” says Dan Hicks, meteorologist with Freese-Notis Weather. “You will see a little wetter conditions across the Midwest from October 17 to the 21. However, there are no clear indications of an unusually wet weather pattern during this time.”

The weather pattern also doesn’t indicate any extreme wind events that could knock down corn crops, but there could be some windier days. “In the six- to 10-day forecast, there are systems moving across the north that will create changeable conditions in the Midwest,” explains Hicks. “This could produce some days where wind gusts up to 30 mph in the northern half of the Plains and in the central and northern portions of the Midwest.”

You can see in the maps below that Midwest precipitation will go back to normal levels from October 17 to 21, compared to the below-average levels for the first part of the month and into the second week.

 

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