Last week’s rain didn’t do much to slow down Iowa’s corn and soybean harvest.
That’s according to Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig, who says the harvest continues at a pace well ahead of the five-year average.
This week’s Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report released by the USDA says corn harvest for grain reached 77-percent complete this past week – that’s five days ahead of last year and 9 days ahead of the average. Corn harvest in northeast and south central Iowa is lagging behind with 58- and 59-percent complete, while 95-percent has been harvested in northwest Iowa. The corn’s moisture content was at 17-percent.
Meanwhile, soybeans harvested reached 94-percent complete, one week ahead of last year and ten days ahead of the average.
Farmers will have a few days of warm and dry weather for fieldwork before rain and storms move back into the area starting Thursday night into Friday.