Northern Corn Belt Braces for Snow, Above Normal Precip Next 30 Days

U.S. Farm Report Weather 10/05/19
The amount of moisture poised to hit the upper Midwest doesn't look prime for harvesting over the next 30 days, according to meteorologist Mike Hoffman.  ( Farm Journal )

Harvest is crawling along for some farmers in the Midwest. For those who live in the northern Corn Belt, the outlook doesn't look great over the next 30 days. Areas that had been seeing mild fall temperatures, could be in for a change, too. 

"I will say this; the pattern is changing," said Mike Hoffman, U.S. Farm Report meteorologist. "It’s going to be in flux though over the next week, which means it may go back and forth a bit, but a lot of folks are going to see some changes in what you have been seeing."

Hoffman said the upper Midwest is already seeing the temperature change, as cooler temperatures hit the area last week. He said it's all due to a shift in the jet stream. 

“My 30-day outlook for temperatures, from Minnesota to the Northwest, we're going below normal," he said. "Texas to the Southeast, looks to be above normal.”

The amount of moisture poised to hit the upper Midwest doesn't look prime for harvesting, according to Hoffman. 

“From the Great Lakes across the Northern Plains down into eastern New Mexico, I'm calling for above normal precipitation,” he said. 

The Southeast is seeing flash drought, something Hoffman doesn't see changing as far as moisture goes, or temperatures. 

“Southeast will still be warm, but not as warm," he said. 

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