Nearly all the corn fields in the northern two-thirds of the state are bare.
The latest U.S.D.A. crop and weather report shows 98 percent of the corn crop in Iowa was harvested by the beginning of this week. Nearly all of the corn that’s still standing is located in the southern third of the state.
The pace of harvesting this year is in stark contrast to last year, when only 32 percent of corn had been picked by this week in November. The 2010 harvest is also way ahead of the average pace. The five year average shows that by this time in November, about 70 percent of Iowa’s corn crop has been harvested.
The weekly crop report did not include statistics on the Iowa soybean harvest.