Warm weather last week help push the Iowa harvest significantly ahead. The weekly crop report from the state Agriculture Secretary says warm, dry weather let farmers get back into the fields and back to the harvest.
The report says the most progress has been made in the northern part of the state, where almost all the beans and more than half of the corn has been harvested. In southern Iowa the report says there’s still has a significant amount of beans and only one quarter of the corn is out of the fields.
The overall corn harvest is 43% complete, 11 days behind last year’s pace and two weeks behind the five-year average. Only 20% of the corn crop had been harvested in last week’s report. The soybean harvest is now 93% complete, slightly behind last year and eight days behind the five-year average of 98%. Last week the report says 87% of the beans had been harvested.