Rain to help corn, soy as harvest nears

(WAND) -- With crops reaching maturity, rainfall this week will help corn and soy fill and add to yield potential.

Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says 1-2" of rain is possible Monday night into Tuesday as a cold front passes through. A few more storms are possible Friday as another system matches by to end the week. 

In between those systems, Del Rosso says sunshine will fill the forecast. Temperatures look to be seasonable as well with highs in the low to mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s. This will push crops closer to peak maturity with just over 200 growing degree days left.

Ag Expert Dave Brown says things in Central Illinois are in very good shape.  "The countdown is on for the reaching of corn maturity. Soybeans will benefit the most if it does rain this week," Brown adds. "The soybean is in its critical fill stage. Pods are set and now the plant is finishing up by making the beans in the pods bigger."

Other work that is weather related is the baling of any hay. Farmers are going to fairs and will be in attendance at the State Fair in another week. Del Rosso says it looks more likely that temperatures will be above average that week, so show animals at the fair might need that extra fan on them to stay cool.