Weather forecasts mostly favorable for corn harvest

Through Oct. 9, NOAA sees an even chance for above-average or below-average temperatures in Wisconsin, Illinois, eastern Iowa, and most of Missouri. West of these areas, the probability for above-average temperatures rises by 5 to 10 points. East of Wisconsin and Illinois, the probability [...]

Sugarcane farmers brace for Hurricane Laura

Just a few weeks ahead of the 2020/21 harvest, sugarcane farmers in southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas are preparing for Hurricane Laura, expected to make landfall on Wednesday night. Louisiana’s main sugar growing regions will likely be east of the hurricane’s eyewall, potentially exposing [...]

Soybean futures reach seven-month high

Soybean futures last Monday closed 9 points higher at $9.12 per bushel, the highest price since Jan. 22. The rally was fueled by less-than-ideal weather forecasts and continued strong import sales for new-crop soybeans. Weather reports Monday were indicating 50 percent of usual rainfall [...]

Warmer weather expected to benefit developing crops

Recent heavy rains from the southwestern to the northcentral Grain Belt replenished topsoil moisture ahead of a warmer and drier stretch of weather. Beneficial drying is expected across the southern areas, where soil moisture is adequate, as well. As soil moisture is already low [...]

Rains, flooding near sugar beet areas in Michigan

On Tuesday night, May 19 the Tittabawassee River breached the Edenville and Sanford dams north of Midland. Parts of the city of Midland and surrounding areas have reportedly been turned into lakes, with more to come. The river is forecast to crest at 38 [...]

Soybean market gets a boost from weather, China

Soybean futures closed on Friday, May 8, with a 14-cent increase on the week as the market took notice of Chinese trade discussions and potential early weather issues. Beans are off to a quick start in terms of planting progress given the favorable weather [...]

Punxsutawney Phil was right

With the NOAA two-week forecast indicating above-average temperatures across most of the U.S., an early spring appears to be taking shape. With no adverse weather forecast, temperatures should trend 10 to 15 degrees above normal over the next ten or so days, bringing spring-like [...]