September 13, 2011


Frost likely to damage US northern Midwest soy crop



Frost in US northern Midwest may harm soy crop instead of corn crop as the latter is more mature, an agricultural meteorologist said on Monday (Sep 12).


According to Reuters, a meteorologist for MDA EarthSat Weather said, "There may be some harm to soy  but probably not corn, it is more of an issue for soy."


He added that temperatures on Thursday (Sep 8) and Friday (Sep 9) would drop to freezing (32 Fahrenheit) and below in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, with the freezing temperatures possibly extending into northern Iowa.


"The northern third of Minnesota could see temperatures in the 20s F. The biggest chance of frost is in northern and central Minnesota and the northern half of Wisconsin," the meteorologist said.


The USDA last Tuesday (Sep 6) said that 6% of the soy crop was mature and dropping leaves and 18% of the corn crop was mature.


USDA will release updated weekly crop progress date late Monday.


The meteorologist also said there would be rainfall Tuesday (Sep 13) through Thursday (Sep 15) in Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana and Kentucky.


"This will lead to a delay in dry down of crops there," he said.


Temperatures in the Midwest will remain warm on Monday with highs in the 80s F, in the 70s F on Tuesday and cool down to the highs in the upper 50s to 60s F for the rest of the week.


There also is a chance for rain in the drought-stricken Plains hard red winter wheat region over the next week to 10-days.


"There will be enough to help but not drought-relieving rains," the meteorologist said.


The meteorologist added that between 0.25 and one inch of rain was expected this week and another 0.25 to 0.75 inch in most of the Southwest, including drought-stricken Texas, Oklahoma and southwest Kansas.


There are worries about seeding the 2012 US hard red winter wheat crop because of a devastating drought this summer.


Rain now will help prepare seedbeds for planting and give a boost to crop prospects.

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