The latest USDA report shows the 2012 harvest season is nearly over in Iowa.
The corn harvest is a full month ahead of schedule. Last year at this time, only 40 percent of the corn had been combined. As of last Friday, 87 percent of the state’s corn crop had been harvested. Ninety-three-percent of the state’s soybeans were in the bin by the end of last week. That’s three weeks ahead of normal.
The report also noted “substantial rain finally arrived over much of Iowa over the weekend” with “over an inch” falling in many areas. Topsoil moisture levels improved, with 21 percent of the farm ground in Iowa considered to have “adequate” moisure in the top layer of the soil. However, 95 percent of the state’s subsoil considered to be “short” or “very short” of moisture.
Read the report here.