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Illinois weather nearly ideal for harvest kick-off

Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford says weather has been favorable for the start of corn and soybean harvest across the state.

He tells Brownfield cool, dry conditions have helped bring crops to maturity.

“This next week is also looking pretty dry. Most of the state is forecast to get less than 1/4 inch over the next seven days. And although temperatures are forecasted to increase, it’s not going to be excessively hot.”

He says there has been little rainfall across the state the last 30 days but that could change toward the end of the month.   

“There’s no indication or potential of excessively heavy precipitation anytime in the next two weeks or so. But as we move from September to October, we’ll have to watch for that to see if we get a more active storm track coming in.”

He says the US Drought Monitor shows 21% of the state is in moderate drought or worse which mainly highlights areas of western Illinois that are still struggling with long term drought and more recent dry conditions in northern Illinois.

He says models from the Climate Prediction Center do not provide much guidance yet for the month of October. He says typically an El Nino weather pattern creates cooler, wetter conditions in October, but so far this has not been a textbook El Nino.

Audio: Interview with Trent Ford

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