The latest crop reports from the USDA indicates corn and soybean development continues to move along. At the current rates of development most crops in the northern Plains and northwest Midwest will be safe from freezing temperatures in about another week or two. Current forecast models show no signs of any significant cold weather for at least the next 10 days.
The corn harvest has moved into the Midwest states. With a weather pattern of near to above normal temperatures and near to below normal rainfall expected during the next 10 days harvest activity should continue to increase.
The double cropped soybeans in the eastern Midwest and northern Delta benefitted from some rainfall last week although farmers in Indiana continue to express concerns over pod development. Harvesting remains mostly confined to the southern states at this time.
Winter wheat planting is slowing picking up in the southern Plains. Topsoil moisture levels are quite variable ranging from 16 percent short to very short in south-central Kansas to 64 percent in northwest Kansas. Rainfall is expected to be limited along with episodes of hot weather during the next 7-10 days. Overall soil moisture will be depleted under this pattern. This situation bears watching.
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