The eastern half of the U.S. experienced record cold and snowy weather in the third week of October, meaning the growing season has officially come to an end due to a widespread freeze. Dry conditions continue to impact most of the Corn Belt, coming out to the 6th driest year on record for more than 30 years. The final week of October brings near summer-like conditions just before a cold front is expected with gusty winds.

The wind will continue to elevate ongoing wildfire threats across the Midwest. Drought conditions continue to worsen ahead of winter, becoming the most widespread drought since April 2013. Very little precipitation so far this fall increases concerns of ongoing dry conditions during the 2023 planting season.

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