Showers and first big freeze seen for U.S. Corn And Soy Belt

Freezing temperatures, light showers and light snow will cause some minor slowdowns in harvesting and only minimal harm to the U.S. corn and soybean crops this week, an agricultural meteorologist said on Monday.

•• Global Weather Monitoring said harvest weather, though not perfect, would not be bad overall this week.

• Light rain and snow is expected on Tuesday in Iowa, northern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. There will be an inch or so of wet snow and rain of 0.25 inch or less.

• It should be dry the rest of the week and early next week, except for 0.20 to 0.60 inch of rain expected in roughly the southern half of the Midwest.

• The cold snap in the Midwest this week should not cause much harm to corn and soybean crops since they are mature and ready for harvest.

• Low readings of freezing or below can be expected this week in nearly all of the Midwest crop region.

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