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Weather Hinders Harvest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says wet weather is slowing down the fall harvest and says strong winds are taking their toll.

Northey commented on Monday about the weekly crop report.

He says there's still a significant amount of work to be done for farmers, with many soybeans yet to be harvested in parts of the state and just 20 percent of the corn harvested statewide.

He says farmers will need dryer, less windy weather so they can get into the fields.

Here's the entire report from the Iowa Department of Agriculture:

DES MOINES - 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.

"The wet weather this past week slowed down an already later than normal harvest and the strong winds have also taken a toll by knocking down some of the corn remaining in the field," Northey said.  "There is still a lot of work to be done, with many soybeans yet to be harvested in parts of the state and just 20 percent of the corn harvested statewide.  Hopefully the dryer weather forecast for this week will allow farmers to get in the fields."

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


Agricultural Summary: Again last week rains hit and harvest slowed to a crawl. Only northeast Iowa managed over 4 days of fieldwork. High winds on Sunday over most of the State increased concerns for corn lodging and ear droppage, but did aid in drying saturated fields. Although northwest and north central Iowa farmers have nearly completed their soybean harvest, over half of the soybean crop in south central Iowa remains in the field awaiting harvest. Northwest Iowa is the first area of the State to have over one-quarter of their corn crop harvested.

There were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork, compared with 4.5 days last year at this time. Topsoil moisture is rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus across the state. Subsoil moisture is rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus.

With this season's late harvest and recent precipitation, grain movement was limited this week with 7 percent heavy movement, 26 percent moderate, 36 percent light and 31 percent no movement. Availability of off-farm grain storage rated 5 percent short, 86 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. On-farm storage availability rated 11 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report: Ninety-six percent of the corn crop is mature. Harvest advanced to 20 percent complete, 3 weeks later than last year's pace and 17 days behind the five-year average. Moisture content of corn in the field is estimated at 24 percent, 6 percentage points higher than the five-year average. Harvested corn is averaging 21 percent moisture, compared with the five-year average of 17 percent. Corn lodging is rated at 62 percent none, 27 percent light, 9 percent moderate, and 2 percent heavy. Overall, the corn crop is rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 18 percent excellent. Soybean harvest progressed to 87 percent complete, 2 percentage points ahead of last year, but 9 days behind the five-year average of 94 percent. Soybean lodging is reported at 76 percent none, 18 percent light, 5 percent moderate, and 1 percent heavy. Soybeans shattering is rated 76 percent none, 17 percent light, 6 percent moderate, and 1 percent heavy.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range condition is rated 5 percent very poor, 16 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

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