Record-setting cold descends across Midwest this past week

Although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had forecast an atypically warm Q4 for much of the U.S., an early snowstorm event in October followed by record-breaking cold throughout much of the Midwest has belied that forecast. Already troubled by spring flooding, delayed [...]

Midwest braces for winter temps in early November

The weekly natural gas inventories set a new-record high on Oct. 25 at just under 3,700 Bcf, registering 17.8 percent above the prior year’s levels. However, the seasonal build may be coming to an abrupt halt in the first week of November as a [...]

Comparing the 1995/96 & the 2019/20 corn crops

Planting of the 1995/96 crop was the slowest in decades—until the 2019/20 new crop saw even slower planting. The 1995/96 crop was 77 percent planted by Jun. 2, while the 2019/20 crop was only 67 percent planted, a 10-point difference. Aside from planting progress [...]

Wheat harvest underway in Europe & Russia

The July heat wave in Europe is not expected to continue and may thus have a very limited impact on European wheat crops. Although water usage restrictions have been imposed across French regions, harvest is already underway, limiting the potential for the wheat crop [...]

Pain as India’s monsoon drags its feet

On the heels of deficient pre-monsoon rains for India, an already delayed monsoon may have been further slowed and weakened by the now-dissipated Cyclone Vayu. As of most recent reporting by the India Meteorological Department (colloquially, “Met”), the monsoon has reached less than 15 [...]