Iowa farmers nearly done with corn, soybean harvest

(Des Moines, IA) -- Iowa farmers are now 75-percent finished with the corn harvest. That's three weeks ahead of last year. Farmers have harvested 94-percent of the soybean crop, which is also three weeks ahead of last year.

Statewide, the moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain remained at 16%. Farmers in northwest Iowa have only 8% of their corn for grain remaining to be harvested while farmers in south central Iowa still have over 50% to be harvested.

Farmers in northwest, north central, west central, and central Iowa have 3% or less of their soybeans remaining to be harvested. In contrast, farmers in the southern one-third of the state have at least 14% of their soybeans yet to be harvested.

“After a relatively dry stretch of weather that moved harvest activities along at a fast pace, a more active pattern brought rain and snow across Iowa over the last several days,” said Secretary Naig. “While Iowa’s harvest progress remains ahead of average, farmers need a return of drier conditions in order to wrap up fieldwork.”

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