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It's not so much frost that seems to be the problem all of a sudden but rain. Persistent rains across the South will continue for another five days as a second system moves in, says Allen Motew of QT Weather.

Many growers hoping for an early harvest will be frustrated as a wide stream of moisture moves in from Texas to Ohio. Over the past week, 4-14 inches of rain fell from Texas to Georgia and 1-6 inches from Missouri to Kentucky, he says.

This next weather system will move east of the Mississippi bringing additional rain to the soggy Delta and Tennessee Valley for another four to five days, he adds.

Rains continue until Sunday, the result being additional flooding and reduced fieldwork for the second week in a row, before cold air an another frost threat for the Corn Belt next week, he concludes.