Another heat wave ahead

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(WAND) -- Hot, humid days and mild, muggy nights will persist for most of the upcoming week.

Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says high temperatures go from the 80s Wednesday into the 90s Thursday into the weekend. Overnight lows in the 70s will continue the rapid maturing of corn. Del Rosso says close to 200 growing degree units are expected this week. Ag Expert David Brown says the heat has us on pace for an early harvest.

Brown tells us that high moisture levels in the soil will help alleviate the heat stress on the corn later this week. Not much additional rain is expected this week, but he says that will be good to dry up any wheat fields. "Much of the wheat is ready to go. Wheat harvest will only take a few days in Central Illinois," Brown said. 

"Hay baling will also be looked at depending on the three to four-day forecast. Second cutting of alfalfa and the possible baling of wheat straw will be going strong over the weekend." 

In regards to any threats, Brown says crop spraying is mostly completed for weed control, however damp conditions seem ideal for possible funguses.

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