Harsh Weather Brings More Harvest Delays

This week an arctic blast will delay harvest and transportation across the Central and Eastern Midwest. DTN Meteorologist Bryce Anderson says it is not unusual for November to see this kind of weather. 

To complicate things further with a difficult harvest season, cold temperatures are flooding the region. “With temperatures that are 15-25 (degrees Fahrenheit) or even more below normal,” On top of below normal temperatures, we are seeing a round of snow and mixed precipitation,” says Anderson.

Issues for producers 

For farmers, this is making it difficult to get crops out of the field and moving grain to and from the bin or elevator. Another issue is transporting propane to grain dryers. The lack of dry weather this year brought on already anticipated problems with transporting propane to farmers. Crops this year are coming off the field with more moisture than normal resulting in driers running more than a normal year. Experts say logistics on providing faster transportation of propane is underway in the Midwest.  

This weather will not impact soybean harvest as much as it will corn harvest. “There is still about 25% or so to take care of and a lot of that crop is the latest planted,” He says which means corn moisture levels are at a high and will be difficult to get the crop in shape for winter storage.  

Bryce Anderson says this type of weather may end fieldwork efforts for the season. Anderson also says the weather next week will to be similar, with drizzling rain and light snow.

Prospects for flooding in 2020

The prospects for flooding in 2020 are high, according to Anderson. Especially for areas in the Northern Plains, Northern, and Western Midwest and into the Mississippi Valley. He does not expect weather conditions to improve or help the already over-saturated soil during the winter months. “This leads us into a very concerning scenario for sping.”