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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 9, 2016
AGRICULTURE

Iowa farmers progressing toward end of harvest

Nov 15, 2016

DES MOINES – Minimal precipitation and warm temperatures allowed farmers to make progress toward harvest completion during the week ending Sunday, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

“Ideal weather was seen across much of the state last week, and as a result, good progress was made and harvest is now nearing completion,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. “Southwest and south central Iowa is the exception where more than 10 percent of corn and beans remain in the field. Fortunately, weather for the week ahead looks good as well, so hopefully farmers will continue to make progress and finish before winter sets in across the state.”

The Iowa Crops and Weather report is released weekly from April through October by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report also is available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov or on USDA’s site at www.nass.usda.gov/ia.

The report summary states:

Statewide there were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities for the week included harvesting, baling corn stalks, tiling, terracing, hauling and spreading manure, and anhydrous application.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 6 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus.

Ninety-four percent of the corn crop for grain has been harvested, equal to the five-year average. This was the first time during the 2016 corn for grain harvest that progress was not behind average. Moisture content of all corn for grain being harvested in Iowa was unchanged from last week at 16 percent.

While harvest is winding down in much of the state, southwest and south central Iowa still have more than 10 percent of the corn crop and almost 10 percent of the soybean crop remaining to be harvested.

Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 55 percent moderate to heavy, down 7 percentage points from the previous week. Off-farm grain storage availability was rated 65 percent adequate to surplus. On-farm grain storage availability was rated 59 percent adequate to surplus.

Livestock conditions were described as ideal with the week’s above normal temperatures and drier conditions.

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