Harvest has been in full swing across the state.
Other than some rain last Friday, the weather has been mostly dry, allowing farmers to get quite a bit done – though that is now changing with the wet forecast as we head into the next couple days.
We caught up with Dave Pilgrim near Delaware during our “KMCH, Bring Me My Lunch” contest last week.
Nick Puffett, who farms near Dundee, says the yields are actually looking pretty good.
Dave Klein with Farmers Union Cooperative in Manchester says overall, the harvest seems to be going well.
This week’s Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report released by the USDA says the corn harvest has reached about 30 percent complete statewide – that’s five days ahead of last year and six days ahead of the average. Moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain was at 19 percent.
Meanwhile, the soybean harvest has reached 52 percent – one day ahead of last year and one week ahead of the average.
Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig says widespread rainfall through Saturday will likely keep combines out of the fields for a few days. Drier weather is expected to return Sunday into next week.
photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH