Heat this week to help dry up corn

(WAND) -- Excessive heat, especially early this week, will help to dry up the corn crop, getting it closer to harvest. 

Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says highs will top out in the low 90s Monday and Tuesday, before cooling back into the 80s for the rest of the week. 

"Harvest could start in about two weeks. The corn crop is basically mature.  Heat this week will help the drying down process," said Ag Expert Dave Brown. "Soybeans are in their final legs and look to be in good shape with moisture."

Brown says rain isn't as critical at this point, but heavy amounts could fall Wednesday as a cold front passes through. Del Rosso says some parts of central Illinois could see 2.00" of rain.

"Weather not a big issue at this point, preparation for harvest is under way.  A few Central Illinois farmers might travel to Boone, Iowa for the Farm Progress Show since fairs are over and it’s a waiting game now," Brown said.

For those going to Boone, Del Rosso says to expect some storms late Tuesday before sunshine returns Wednesday and Thursday with most afternoons cooler, spent in the 70s.