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CROP REPORT: 94 percent of corn is harvested

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DES MOINES (KWWL) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.

"It's fortunate that many farmers were able to finish harvest since a winter storm forecast to hit the state this week, which will likely keep farmers from the fields for the foreseeable future," Northey said. "This has been another challenging year and historically slow harvest, but again Iowa farmers demonstrated their productivity, efficiency and resiliency."

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov. The report follows here:

CORN HARVEST END IN SIGHT

Iowa received cold, dry weather which helped farmers inch closer to the end of corn harvest. Temperatures were cold enough to allow combines to run on frozen ground. While snowfall was reported last week, levels were not high enough to slow producers trying to finish harvesting corn. The cold weather was not welcomed by all as post-harvest field work stopped late in the week as cropland froze.

There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week, compared to 4.3 days last week. Topsoil moisture rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus across the state. Subsoil moisture rated 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus.

Grain movement was reported at 23 percent none, 32 percent light, 32 percent moderate, and 13 percent heavy. On-farm grain storage availability rated 26 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus, while off-farm grain storage availability rated 22 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Reporters estimated 58 percent of cropland had fall applications of fertilizer complete, 13 percentage points ahead of last year, but 13 percentage points behind the five-year average.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested for grain reached 94 percent, up 7 percentage points from the previous week.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Use of stubble fields was reported 43 percent none, 31 percent light, 22 percent moderate, and 4 percent heavy. Hay and roughage availability is currently rated 7 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. The quality of hay and roughage is currently rated 10 percent poor, 47 percent fair, and 43 percent good.

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