Corn Harvest Nearly Two Weeks Behind Five-Year Average

Corn harvest is currently nearly two weeks behind the five-year average, but Iowa farmers are only three days behind that average on the soybean harvest, according to the weekly Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report. Corn and soybeans improved only slightly, with corn reported at 60 percent and soybeans at 61 percent good to excellent for the week ending Oct. 1. Corn being harvested is averaging 23 percent moisture. The weekly report, released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service, says there were 5.1 days suitable in the past week for fieldwork. “Harvest picked up speed last week, and now six percent of corn and 16 percent of beans have been harvested,” says Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. “After rain showers that are in the forecast for the first part of this week, I expect harvest to begin in earnest when fields dry back out and conditions allow.” The full report can be found by following the links included here.