Iowa Harvest Picking up Steam; Crop/Soil Conditions Improve

The corn and soybean harvest in Iowa continues to progress, and rain last week helped crop and soil conditions.

According to the crop progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ten-percent of northwest Iowa corn has been harvested for grain. Nine-percent of corn has been harvested statewide, which is four-percent higher than last week. The Iowa corn harvest is six days ahead of last year, and four days ahead of the five-year average. 50-percent of corn is in good-to-excellent condition, a two-percent boost from last week.

14-percent of northwest Iowa soybeans have been harvested. 11-percent of soybeans have been harvested statewide, up eight-percent from last week. The soybean harvest statewide is three days ahead of last year, and one day ahead of the average. Soybeans rated good-to-excellent held steady at 47-percent.

A considerable amount of rainfall reduced the days suitable for fieldwork to 5.3 for last week. There were 5.2 days suitable in northwest Iowa. A total of 63-hundredths of an inch of rain was measured outside the radio stations from Friday morning through the weekend.

Topsoil in northwest Iowa considered short or very short of moisture is down considerably at 56-percent compared to 69-percent last week. 63-percent of northwest Iowa subsoil is short or very short of moisture, down from 70-percent a week ago.