Drought has been nearly eliminated from the Midwest by summer rains. Lack of heat stress and sufficient moisture both have played a role in the expected high yields in many areas. However, in the northern states especially, there is concern about reaching maturity prior to a fall freeze. Rains in the first nine days of September were streaky with totals ranging from less than 50% to more than 200% in most states. Temperatures were slightly cooler than normal in western Iowa and slightly above normal further east. Read more in the September 9th Midwest Climate Watch.