Last Week Brought Farmers Nearly Six Days Suitable For Field Work

“Combines are just starting to get rolling with five percent of soybeans now harvested, and I would expect more farmers will be getting in the field this week,” says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey. He made these comments Monday afternoon after reviewing the latest Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report, released weekly from April through October by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. Over the past week, higher than average temperatures and scattered rains were prevalent throughout much of the state with 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Harvest got underway for soybeans and corn and some farmers began planting cover crops, spreading manure, hauling grain and completing silage chopping and hay cuttings. Ninety-four percent of the corn crop has now reached the dent stage or beyond, one week behind last year and three days behind the five-year average. Fifty-two percent of the corn has reached maturity, five days behind average with corn conditions remaining the same at 59 percent good to excellent. Ninety-one percent of soybeans are turning color or beyond, equal to last year and three days ahead of the average. Sixty percent of soybeans are dropping leaves, two days behind last year and one day ahead of the average with 60 percent now reported in good to excellent condition. Pasture conditions declined to 48 percent poor to very poor. The entire report can be found by following the links below.


Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at 

or USDA’s site at