Rain and snow delay harvest across the Corn Belt

An agricultural meteorologist says rain and some snow will continue to fall across the Corn Belt bringing much-needed moisture and delaying harvest.

Drew Lerner with World Weather Incorporated says there’s rain from a tropical storm moving from the southwest up into the Great Lakes Region, which could bring more than an inch of rain to areas.

“Some of the precipitation that happens in Iowa and Missouri might be enough to saturate the topsoil a little bit. We might get some improved runoff potential in the Mississippi and lower Missouri Rivers, but it won’t be sustained for very long.”

He says the snow is coming in two bands: the first in the Northern Corn Belt on Thursday and Friday and another surge of lighter snow coming through later for…

“Northeastern Colorado, moving across Nebraska, northwest Iowa into Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

Lerner says conditions remain very dry in the Mississippi Delta.

“Those areas won’t get much relief at all and the dryness will continue. They’re having a great harvest season and that’s the extent of the benefit. Outside of that, it’s just a matter of sitting back and waiting to see what happens over the next few months.”

Lerner says hard frost and freezes are also expected across much of the Corn Belt in the next few days.

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