Iowa farmers have been working to get more corn out of the fields before colder wet weather moves in. That includes Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey who spoke to Radio Iowa while harvesting corn Tuesday on his farm near Spirit Lake.
Northey says we’re now in November, and farmers know anything can happen with the weather. About 50-percent of the corn has been harvested. Heavy winds in the last week caused some problems in the fields. He says the wind did knock some corn down and some farmers have had to combine only one way, though others found no problems.
Northey says the wet weather that delayed planting definitely has impacted yields across the state. Northey says yields are 180 to 160 bushels and acre in his area, while in other parts of the state they’ve been 150 to 230 bushels. The corn harvest has been running about two weeks behind average.