Nearly a quarter of Iowa’s corn crop has been harvested and it’s in slightly better condition, according to an update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The U.S.D.A. report shows 22% of Iowa’s corn was harvested by Sunday.
That compares to the usual 7% for this stage of the season. Farmers are trying to salvage a drought damaged crop before stalks weaken further. The U.S.D.A. report rates 48% of Iowa’s corn in poor to very poor condition. That’s a slight improvement from 52% one week ago.
Thirty-four-percent of Iowa’s soybeans are in the poor to very poor category, down from 36% last week.