The last month has been a challenge for producers to get their crops harvested in a timely manner, Al Dutcher writes for our partners at CropWatch. Precipitation has been a problem for two months, with periodic bouts of extended heavy rain at the end of August into early September and late September into mid-October. This recent stretch of dry weather has finally been long enough for the soybean harvest to make significant progress.
With three additional days of good harvest weather before our midweek precipitation event, expectations are that at least 75 percent of the soybean crop will have been harvested by Monday’s USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service update.
But model predictions indicate there is potential for more rain that could impede harvest progress. At present, computer models are pointing to a system working southward out of the northern Plains on Saturday night through Sunday morning with light precipitation (< 0.10 inch, primarily impacting extreme northeastern Nebraska). And those same models indicate rain likely on Halloween and in some locations, that rain will turn to snow.
To learn more, read Al's forecast for CropWatch here.