Over half of Iowa’s corn crop has been harvested. The USDA reports that as of Sunday, 55-percent is now out of the ground. That’s about five percentage points behind normal. Steve Moorman, who farms south of Manchester, had about half of his corn crop out when we caught up with him on Thursday.
Luke Schulte, who farms in the Strawberry Point area, missed the light snow that fell last Tuesday. He told us at that time that the crops were looking good, even though they weren’t able to get a lot done yet at that point.
87-percent of soybeans have been harvested in the state as of Sunday, which is about two days ahead of normal – that’s the first time all season soybean progress was ahead of the five-year average. Art Nachtman, who farms with his son Kenny southwest of Ryan and in the Coggon area, told KMCH last Wednesday that their bean harvest was in good shape, but they’ve still got a ways to go.
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey noted in this week’s Iowa Crops and Weather Report that farmers spent long days in the fields this past week, anticipating soggy weather this week.