Grain Belt weather forecasts are mostly favorable

NOAA’s two-week outlook features above-average temperatures throughout the Grain Belt, especially across the northern region. Higher temperatures are less likely for the central and southern regions. August heat is expected to be complemented by average rainfall in the northern, central, and eastern regions, which [...]

Beware the Ides of March: Late, wet start for 2019 planting?

January and February saw substantial snowfall accumulation across the northern Central Plains, raising concerns about the volume of the spring thaw. The storm during Mar. 9-10 brought additional snowfall and blizzard conditions across the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Michigan. Another event is forecast [...]

Soybean harvest nearly complete

The U.S. soybean crop was 88 percent harvested as of Nov. 11, still behind the five-year average pace due to wet weather hampering harvest progress in several states. The crop in Arkansas, for example, was just 78 percent harvested, compared to the state’s five-year [...]

Corn planting catches up, soybeans blaze ahead

The U.S. corn crop was 62 percent planted as of May 13, just about even with the five-year average. Top-producing states made major progress last week: Iowa’s crop was 65 percent planted, a gain of 25 points week over week; Illinois had 90 percent [...]

Sugar beet area planting intentions lower for 2018/19

Based on survey results, USDA is forecasting prospective plantings of sugar beets for the next crop at 1.113 million acres, down 1.6 percent from the last crop’s 1.131 million acres. Though major producer states Michigan and Minnesota saw modestly higher prospective plantings, up 1.7 [...]