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Good harvest weather in the forecast

To put a final "wrap" on the cold weather of yesterday morning, it should be noted that Estherville's official low for the day is down a degree to 29, while Mason City's low officially was 26 (a record for the date and the coldest that Mason City had ever been for so early in the fall season)

. We saw some 30s this morning in parts of Wisconsin and Michigan but I could not find any major reporting stations in the major corn and soybean growing areas of those states that reached 32 degree or lower.

 No other freeze threats are in the ten day forecast for the Midwest, and it still looks to turn exceptionally warm in the western Corn Belt and northern Plains for September 22 through 25.

There will be rains around the Nation's midsection for today through about Tuesday of next week, with your best totals being over eastern parts of Kansas and Oklahoma, far northeastern Texas, northwestern Arkansas, and southern Missouri where 1-2 inches will be common and the Ozark Mountain area could see 2-3+ inch amounts.

Beyond that, the weather pattern turns dry again with much of the Nation looking drier-than- normal for the 6-10 day period and likely continuing into the 11-15 day time frame. With that forecast in mind look for a lot of corn and soybeans to be cut during the last ten days of this month of September (certainly more than is usually seen during that time of year).

We have seen some rains this week in the hard-red winter wheat belt and more will fall, but in the end I think that most totals will be less than initially expected. With dry weather returning to that area on Monday and lasting through the rest of the two-week forecast (or longer), the situation there for winter wheat planting remains extremely serious and should continue to garner a lot of market attention.

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