Unseasonably early cold weater, accompanied in some places by locally heavy rain or snow, put the brakes on a rapid corn and soybean harvest in the Midwest for the week ending Oct. 24, according to the latest Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The situation curtailed growth of winter wheat in some areas, but where snow accumulated, emerging plants were insulated from the cold.
Temps were more than 20°F below normal in parts of Montana and the western Dakotas and at least 10°F below normal in a broader area covering the northern half of the Plains and the upper Midwest.
Meanwhile, mostly dry weather persisted through week’s end, from California to the central and southern High Plains, maintaining stress on rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat.
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