Soybeans particularly need moisture in September for pod filling ahead of harvest. With this year’s slow-to-start planting season, all eyes look to the September forecast for clues on how the harvest will shape up. While long-term forecasts hold many uncertainties, the month points to an early harvest instead of a chance for late-filling crops.

While the first week of September looks hot and dry across much of the U.S., pressure will be building and spreading, potentially including isolated showers later in the week. The month as a whole appears to offer above-normal precipitation for the Southeast. Cooler air temperatures should come to the Midwest but likely remain dry to finish the month. However, tropical systems along the Gulf Coast could throw a wrench in any September forecast.

Read more on September weather and possible start-to-harvest conditions here.