Mild, dry weather much of last week favored autumn fieldwork, including summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting, in a variety of regions.
According to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, summer crop harvesting progressed quickly in the Midwest for the week ending Oct. 23 until showery weather arrived.
Statewide, at least 15% of the corn and soybeans were harvested during the week in Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
In addition, the soybean harvest was more than 90% complete by Oct. 24 in Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Aside from mid-week rain in South Dakota and environs, dry weather dominated the Plains.
Across the southern Plains, warm, dry conditions favored fieldwork but reduced topsoil moisture for winter wheat and cover crops.
Portions of the northern High Plains also remained extremely dry.
In northern California and the Northwest, mid- to late-week precipitation signaled an important pattern change that would culminate in a record-setting storm system arriving on Sunday, Oct. 24.
For the full USDA report for Oct. 26, click here.