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Iowa’s harvest still behind schedule

Iowa experiences mild, warm week
Nov 08, 2016

DES MOINES – Despite six days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending Sunday, corn for grain and soybean harvest progress remains behind both the previous year and the five-year average, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

“The weather was nearly ideal for harvest last week and farmers have now harvested 86 percent of corn and 95 percent of beans statewide,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. “The warm and dry weather has also been very good for establishment of cover crops and allowed good progress building new conservation practices and getting other work done on the farm.”

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:

A wide variety of activities were performed during the week, including chopping and baling corn stalks, tillage, tiling, and manure and fertilizer applications. Corn for grain continued to be piled outside as storage becomes tighter.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 85 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 83 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus.

Eighty-six percent of the corn crop for grain has been harvested, four days behind last year and one day behind the five-year average. Moisture content of all corn for grain being harvested in Iowa dropped to 16 percent.

Ninety-five percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, one week behind last year, and five days behind normal.

Corn and soybean harvest in southwest and south central Iowa continues to lag behind the rest of the state.

Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 62 percent moderate to heavy. Off-farm grain storage availability was rated 69 percent adequate to surplus. On-farm grain storage availability was rated 62 percent adequate to surplus.

Livestock conditions were described as excellent with drier than normal feedlots for this time of year when compared to the previous two years.


Iowa experiences mild, warm week


State climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship


Iowa had an exceptionally mild week for the week ending Sunday, with temperatures averaging well above normal every day resulting in weekly temperatures of 12.4 degrees above normal.

Afternoon high temperatures reached 70 degrees or higher somewhere in the state every day of the week, with Donnellson recording the highest temperature at 81 degrees on Nov. 1.

A handful of locations barely dipped below the freezing mark the mornings of Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. Battle Creek reported the lowest temperature with 30 degrees the morning of Nov. 3.

The only rain of consequence came the night of Nov. 1 into the morning of Nov. 2, when showers and thunderstorms were widespread over the southeast one-half of Iowa. A few locations picked up more than an inch of rain during this midweek event, but most places saw less than one-quarter inch. There also was some scattered drizzle or very light rain over portions of northern and western Iowa Oct. 31. Donnellson reported the most rain for the week with 1.61 inches, while most of the northwest one-half of the state, plus small areas of southwest and south central Iowa, saw no measurable rain.

The statewide average precipitation was 0.17 inches, while normal for the week is 0.55 inches.

Finally, soil temperatures at the 4-inch depth were averaging near 50 degrees in extreme northwest Iowa to the upper 50s in the southeast corner as of Nov. 6.

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