Harvest is starting to ramp up in parts of the state – and Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig is encouraging everyone to keep safety in the field and on the road top of mind.
According to this week’s Iowa Crop Progress Report released by the USDA, field activities are now including the harvesting of corn and soybeans. Five percent of the state’s corn has been harvested so far, along with three percent of the soybean crop – that’s about a week ahead of last year.
Corn condition improved slightly to 48 percent good to excellent. Corn in the dent stage or beyond was 96 percent this past week – eleven days of average. Sixty-three percent of the corn crop has reached maturity – eight days of normal. Moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain was at 22 percent.
Soybean condition also rose slightly to 47 percent good to excellent. Soybeans coloring or beyond reached 86 percent – six days ahead of average. Soybeans dropping leaves or beyond was 52 percent this week – five days ahead of normal.
Secretary Naig says weather outlooks are hinting at warmer temperatures and greater chances of rain into early October.