Peter Finlayson, Ormstown Weatherman
The first full week of October was a bit warmer than expected, especially on Saturday with a high of 24.2 ℃, signalling a late burst of summer after the killing frosts in late September.
The average temperature for the past week was 11.9 ℃, up slightly from the previous week and over two degrees higher than the normal for the month at 9.4 ℃. The forecast for the coming week is moderate temperatures with some rain towards the end of the week.
There was 18 mm of rain in the last week, which may not seem like a lot given the frequent showers. But combine that with the 11 mm in the first 3 days of October and the 43 mm in the last three days of September and we’ve already had a month’s worth of precipitation in the last two weeks.
Fortunately, it’s not yet wet enough to stop fall harvesting activities in the fields. Soybean harvesting is well underway, some manure spreading and soil cultivation has begun, and even some corn shucking has started for those with a crib for storage. The cobs are coming off the stalks nicely and kernel moisture is reported between 27 and 29% in the wagon.