It’s raining again in parts of the Midwest. Will farmers ever catch a break?
Wet Weather Returns
Let’s start with the bad news. Austin Anderson of Successful Farming reported on some of the latest weather predictions in the Midwest. It’s raining again. For some farmers, that’s really bad news right now. September was wet. October was wet. And that’s made the harvest season especially frustrating. In Iowa, for example, the normal October rainfall accumulation is 2.6 inches. That total was passed on October 9th.
It’s forced many to wait out the wet weather, which has put the harvest behind.
As of Monday, October 22, the USDA’s crop progress report showed corn slightly ahead of schedule at 49% complete, and soybeans significantly behind schedule at 53% complete. The five year average for soybeans at this time is 69%.
Just as farmers think they’re catching up, rain or even snow hits again. Christy Foster Seachrist of Corn & Soybean Digest relays the weather report for the nation as of November 1. All of the wetness has made field work extremely difficult. A short break in the rain helped the harvest catch up slightly, but the wet weather has returned again.
Rain Won’t Last
The good news is that forecasters aren’t predicting the rainy pattern to last. The rain won’t be nearly as bad as what was experienced in September and October. There could be slight delays to harvesting, but nothing extremely significant.
Predictions for November weather across the Midwest look typical at this point. Precipitation amounts are expected to be at normal levels, temperatures will dip down into the 40’s. A drier pattern is expected to emerge in mid to late November. Snow isn’t anticipated to make an appearance, except in extreme northern Minnesota and North Dakota.