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Mother Nature Kisses U.S. and South America’s Ag Sections

U.S. farmers will be able to wrap up harvest before December.

Though rain, snow, and ice events today and tomorrow will delay eastern Corn Belt harvest activity, favorable weather is headed for the Midwest for Thanksgiving week.

U.S. Weather

The U.S. Midwest weather will make people thankful, next week, allowing for most of the corn and soybean harvest to wrap up. As of Sunday, the U.S. corn crop was 84% harvested, while soybean cutting reached 88%, according to the USDA.

“It will be dry most of the week, across a big chunk of the Midwest, helping harvest to get pretty close to the finish line. The last 10% to 15% of the crops will get taken care of next week,” says Dale Mohler, AccuWeather meteorologist.

“It will be dry to start the week, but a pretty good rainstorm, maybe some snow, comes through on November 28. So, if farmers haven’t gotten to those last fields to get them harvested, it might be awhile after that because this storm could bring 1 to 2 inches of rain across a lot of the Midwest,” Mohler says.

The current cold temperatures will continue through the second half of next week. Yet, mild temperatures arrive the day after Thanksgiving.

For December

If the U.S. and China cut a trade agreement sparking farmer-selling of soybeans, the expected stormy December weather could slow some grain movement.

“I think the southern Corn Belt will see a lot of rain and the northern states will get more snow. And that is normal for this time of the year,” Mohler says.

Temperatures, for December, are expected to be below normal from southern Iowa on south and colder temperatures in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

“So, for some farmers, it may be tougher to get to those bins that are farther away from their buildings, if we get one of these bigger storms in December,” Mohler says.

South America’s Crop Weather

Overall, the farmers in Brazil and Argentina are being blessed with favorable planting and growing weather.

“After a dry spell in Argentina earlier this month, widespread heavy rains hit the crop areas with some flooding. Now it has dried out and, going forward, the weather models show a normal setup,” Mohler says.

Mohler added, “There will be fronts coming every three or four days, each with some rain, and temperatures will warm up in the next two weeks.”

For Brazil, the same kind of favorable weather is expected for the remainder of the planting season and for the first half of the growing season, Mohler says.

“Favorable rainfall, favorable temperatures. So, right now, it looks like Brazil is headed for a good crop. I realize that is not what the U.S. farmers want to hear, because that means plenty of supplies of soybeans for the market to chew through. But that’s the way things are right now,” Mohler says.

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