Early frost a real possibility in the Midwest
A meteorologist tells Brownfield the weather patterns show cool and moist weather is likely in early September, and he would not be surprised to see some early frost. Greg Soulje says, “Parts of maybe southeastern South Dakota, far west into central Minnesota, and parts of west-central Wisconsin, it’s conceivable that there may be some patchy frost areas over the next, probably seven to twelve days.”
Soulje says with clear skies, light winds, and low spots in fields, the potential to impact crops is there. And, he says tropical storms can force colder air to hang around in the Midwest. “Sometimes those systems and they have been, coming ashore into the gulf, the southeastern United States into the Tennessee valley, the Ohio valley, lower lakes region. Pull one of those puppies up the eastern seaboard and no doubt about it, we’ll just sort of re-entrench some of this cold air.”
Soulje says it’s the beginning of a La Nina, so it’s likely most of the corn belt will see early cold temperatures, early moisture, and early snow this fall and winter.