The center of attention at the Farm Progress Show is usually on the unveiling of new farm equipment and technology. This year, the focus seems to be on Hurricane Harvey, and attendees from the southern Corn Belt are left wondering if they could feel the lingering effects of the storm.
Harvey has made landfall multiple times, and in the coming days it will move north and grow weaker. Some farmers are wondering what impact it could have in the Corn Belt.
During the Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour last week, scouts recognized how behind the crop is, meaning heat and dry conditions are crucial for the remaining weeks of the growing season.
“The first half of August has been incredibly cool with temperatures running some four to eight degrees below average during the first half of August,” said Brad Rippey, meteorologist at the USDA. “I don’t think we’ll see any significant stress on filling corn and soybeans.”
AgDay meteorologist Mike Hoffman believes the weather in the Corn Belt will average close to normal the next two weeks, but the eastern Corn Belt will see shots of cooler air, but there could be warm days ahead.
Michael Clark, meteorologist at BAMWX.com, believes frost could come to some parts of the northwestern Corn Belt as early as the first week of September.
“There’s a lot of evidence of that,” Clark told AgriTalk host Mike Adams. “We’ve been talking about that since [Aug. 2] in our data analysis.”