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 [...]

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 [...]