Across the Corn Belt, a low-pressure system crossing the Great Lakes region is producing a few rain showers. Mild, breezy weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. Corn and soybean harvest activities are nearing completion in the western Corn Belt, while substantial acreage remains standing in the eastern Corn Belt. More than a week ago, on October 29, the soybean harvest was at least three-quarters complete in all Midwestern States except Michigan (55% harvested).
On the Plains, dry weather accompanies mostly near- or above-normal temperatures. Monday’s maximum temperatures will remain below 40°F in parts of North Dakota, where patchy snow remains on the ground, but should range from 80 to 90°F on the southern Plains. Conditions are nearly ideal for summer crop harvesting and winter wheat growth, although pockets of drought remain a concern with respect to proper wheat establishment.
In the South, late-season warmth is promoting summer crop maturation and harvesting, as well as winter wheat planting. Tuesday’s high temperatures will top 80°F from Texas to Florida, extending as far north as the Mississippi Delta. However, critically dry conditions exist in many areas, with the October 31 U.S.