The latest state crop reports show improved harvest weather in the western Midwest although harvest progress for both corn and soybeans remains behind normal. Producers continue to concentrate more on finishing the soybean harvest before moving to the corn crop.
Minnesota, which has been at the center of wet weather this growing season, reported the most days suitable for fieldwork last week since the first week of August. Producers harvested nearly a quarter of their soybean acreage last week. Harvest progress for corn and soybeans in the eastern Midwest is generally running at or ahead of normal. The outlook for the next seven-to-10 days calls for generally favorable harvest weather in the Midwest with near- to above-normal temperatures and mostly below-normal rainfall.
Winter wheat planting in the Southern Plains continues to move along and is nearing completion in many areas. Soil moisture for crop establishment is generally adequate over eastern areas, but is becoming increasingly short in western areas due to episodes of hot and dry weather. In fact, a report of 102 degrees Fahrenheit in Slapout, Oklahoma in the eastern Panhandle last week was the highest temperature reported for so late in the year for the state.
Additional temperatures in the low 100s were observed in the eastern Panhandle of Oklahoma and southwest Kansas on Monday. The outlook calls for above- to much-above normal temperatures and dry weather during the next seven-to-10 days. This will lead to more concerns regarding the condition of stands going into late fall over western areas.
Very dry weather is being reported in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and western Georgia. This has been favorable for the harvest, but has affected pastures and has slowed planting of winter wheat. The outlook calls for mostly above normal temperatures and little rainfall during the next seven-to-10 days.
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