The Big Freeze

A widespread freeze is on the cards for the US Midwest this weekend with temperatures forecast to fall as low as 19 degrees in the Dakotas on Sunday night, according to QT Weather.

Freezing temperatures will push as far south as Nebraska, and will also reach into northern Missouri and Central Illinois, they say.

Temperatures will be 12-24 degrees below normal over the Western Corn Belt and Northern through Central Plains Sunday. Before that snow will work its way across the Dakotas Friday and Nebraska into W Iowa Saturday evening. Snow is also seen for N Minnesota and NW Wisconsin, they add.

Whether this scenario has come too late to knock anything off yields remains to be seen. Certainly last night's progress figures from the USDA would appear to suggest that it might.