(WAND) -- Well-above average temperatures this week will help to speed up the harvest process.
Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says high temperatures will hit 90° each afternoon through Thursday. By Friday, temperatures will cool just a bit into the mid-80s with 70s expected for the weekend. Del Rosso says average highs this time of year are around 80°.
Rain chances are limited until a stationary front sags southward Friday. That will bring a few showers to end the week with a better chance for rain throughout the day Saturday. That will be our first round of rain in nearly two weeks.
Ag expert Dave Brown says the dry forecast is optimal for harvest; however, the heat could be a little too much.
"This issue with the large amount of degree days this summer and now 90-degree heat is that both corn and soybeans will be ready to harvest at once," Brown said. "This heat could easily take those two crops below their ideal moisture."
Brown tells us that could be a loss of weight, therefore a loss of money. He says that leaves farmers looking at their fields and working long hours when the crops hit those ideal moisture levels.