The corn harvest has begun in Iowa.
This week’s Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report released by the USDA says two percent of the harvest is complete. Corn in the dent stage is at 93-percent – that’s five days ahead of the five-year average. Forty-two percent of Iowa’s corn crop is mature – two days behind last year, but equal to the average. Corn condition is 64-percent good to excellent.
As for soybeans, seventy-five percent of beans are coloring or beyond – that’s three days behind last year. Soybeans dropping leaves are at 30-percent – almost a week behind last year and three days behind the five-year average. Soybean condition remains at 63-percent good to excellent.
And most of the state’s third cutting of alfalfa hay is complete at 94-percent.
Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig says despite widespread rainfall over the weekend, they’re expecting unseasonably warm and dry weather will continue through the end of September – setting up ideal conditions as harvest activities ramp up.