It’s official; As combines begin rolling in the southern Corn Belt, the growing season has come to an abrupt close a few states away. Freezing temperatures in the Red River Valley in North Dakota have ended the 2020 growing season a few weeks ahead of the normal time. Mid-October usually brings the first frost to the region, but Mother Nature bypassed that altogether this year. With a few late-planted exceptions, crop-watchers say the freeze hasn’t inflicted much damage to corn, soybeans and other crops, as they had largely matured quicker than the normal pace because of a warmer-than-normal summer. See more on the recent freeze.