(WAND) -- After a warm week, corn has reached peak maturity while soybeans have a little time left to grow.
Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says beneficial rains are in the forecast today and again Friday morning. He says totals over the next 7 days will be around 1.00", give or take. More noticeably will be the cooler air with high temperatures in the 70s for most of the upcoming week.
By the weekend, sunshine and upper 80s will be back in the forecast which will help to dry the corn before harvest.
"Corn moisture is at 30% or more. Farmers now will watch the temperatures to indicate drying of corn on the plant. Harvest usually starts in earnest when corn hits below 25% moisture," says Ag Expert Dave Brown. "On a good, hot and windy day, corn can dry about 1% per day. So, by Labor Day with good conditions for drying corn harvest could start."
With the Farm Progress Show approaching next week in Boone, IA, the outlook shows hot and humid weather. It also appears to be dry each day. Stay tuned for any changes.