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Big contrasts in forecast for U.S. crops

This really has been a wet stretch of weather for eastern parts of the Corn Belt as of late. For a state like Ohio, one has to go back to September 18 (i.e. a week ago this past Sunday) to find the last time that the entire state had dry weather. With that in mind, it probably comes as no surprise to find out that a place like Dayton has already recorded its wettest September on record at over 10.25 inches (over 300 percent of normal for the past 30 days). Rainfall has been double the normal level over the past 30 days at Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati and Evansville, and over 150 percent of normal at Indianapolis.

Contrasting all of the wet weather there has been very dry conditions in the western Corn Belt, where a number of locations in especially southwestern Minnesota, southeastern South Dakota, and northeastern Nebraska have had under 25 percent of normal rainfall over the past 30 days. Sioux Falls is likely going to see their driest September (0.20") and driest August-September period (1.60") on record.

We've still got a couple more days of damp weather for the eastern Corn Belt before that area also sees the dry conditions that have dominated the western Corn Belt.

Dry weather in the western Midwest for today/tomorrow will be seen across all of the Corn Belt for Saturday through at least Thursday of next week. With that dry weather accompanied by a lot of wind at times (especially today but also for the middle of next week) and accompanied by very warm temperatures for the middle of next week, drying conditions will be close to perfect and that should mean a big amount of this year's soybean crop getting cut between now and the middle to latter parts of next week.

Conditions will also be dry and warm for the hard-red winter wheat belt in that period, thus still creating a very serious situation for getting the 2012 wheat crop planted and established. There is some hope though for rain in that area later next week, with the Corn Belt starting to likely see rain again late next week as well.
Freese-Notis Weather, Inc. Des Moines, Iowa Copyright 2011 - All Rights Reserved

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