U.S. Farm Belt digging out from snowstorm; cold spell ahead

decrease font size  Resize text   increase font size       Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

A winter storm dumped up to a foot of snow on parts of Kansas and lesser amounts across the central and eastern Midwest in the past day, aiding winter wheat crops but slowing the transport of grains and livestock, meteorologists said Wednesday.

* The heaviest snowfall hit central and northeastern Kansas, a state that has endured months of dry conditions.

* In Iowa, a major hog producer, snow falls ranged from 5 to 6 inches in southern part of the state, 2 to 4 inches through central Iowa, and little to none in northern Iowa.

* In Central Illinois, 6 to 9 inches of snow had fallen by Wednesday morning, with 2 to 3 inches near the Illinois-Wisconsin border.

* The snow should help recharge soil moisture and insulate dormant wheat from frigid temperatures expected through Friday and again this weekend.

* Temperatures were forecast to drop to 15 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 26 Celsius) across parts of Iowa and Minnesota by Thursday morning, with readings of minus 5 to minus 10 from Nebraska to northern Illinois, said Harvey Freese of Freese-Notis Weather Inc.

* The National Weather Service warned of wind chills dropping to 20 to 30 degrees below zero in parts of northeast Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and central Illinois.

* Temperatures will moderate slightly Saturday, when more snow is expected in the Midwest, followed by another cold spell early next week that could send readings near zero F (minus 18 C) as far south as Cincinnati, Ohio.

* Temperature should turn milder in the Midwest after Tuesday but remain below normal.

* In South America, conditions in Brazil's corn and soy belt should remain mostly dry for the next week to 10 days, with better potential for showers in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul next week.

* The dry conditions are stressing late-filling soybeans but helping the harvest of mature crops, said Joel Widenor, a meteorologist with the Commodity Weather Group.

* In Argentina, rains favored central Cordoba and areas near the border of Santa Fe and Entre Rios provinces, with less coverage to the south than expected. The moisture will help corn and soybean crops, while flooding threats should be very localized, Widenor said.

Buyers Guide

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing prides themselves as being “The King of the Rotary’s” with their Direct Drive Rotary Blend Systems. With numerous setup possibilities and sizes, ranging from a  more...
A.J. Sackett Sons & Company
Sackett Blend Towers feature the H.I.M, High Intensity Mixer, the next generation of blending and coating technology which supports Precision Fertilizer Blending®. Its unique design allows  more...
R&R Manufacturing Inc.
The R&R Minuteman Blend System is the original proven performer. Fast, precise blending with a compact foot print. Significantly lower horsepower requirement. Low inload height with large  more...
Junge Control Inc.
Junge Control Inc. creates state-of-the-art product blending and measuring solutions that allow you to totally maximize operating efficiency with amazing accuracy and repeatability, superior  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The flagship blending system for the Layco product line is the fully automated Layco DW System™. The advanced technology of the Layco DW (Declining Weight) system results in a blending  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The LAYCOTE™ Automated Coating System provides a new level of coating accuracy for a stand-alone coating system or for coating (impregnating) in an automated blending system. The unique  more...
John Deere
The DN345 Drawn Dry Spreader can carry more than 12 tons of fertilizer and 17.5 tons of lime. Designed to operate at field speeds up to 20 MPH with full loads and the G4 spreader uniformly  more...
Force Unlimited
The Pro-Force is a multi-purpose spreader with a wider apron and steeper sides. Our Pro-Force has the most aggressive 30” spinner on the market, and is capable of spreading higher rates of  more...
BBI Spreaders
MagnaSpread 2 & MagnaSpread 3 — With BBI’s patented multi-bin technology, these spreaders operate multiple hoppers guided by independent, variable-rate technology. These models are built on  more...

Comments (0) Leave a comment 

e-Mail (required)


characters left


YOUR BEST HARVEST IS NOW WITHIN REACH J&M introduces their patented line of X-tended Reach grain carts, featuring a frontfolding single ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Feedback Form