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Iowa’s Harvest Commences

Posted: Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 6:24 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

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Harvest is underway across the Hawkeye State. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said, “A dry week of weather allowed farmers to get back into fields to make hay, chop silage and start harvest, with two percent corn and soybeans now harvested.” In southeast Iowa 56% of corn is mature, above the five-year average of 30%. In our corner of the state 42% of soybeans are dropping leaves, also ahead of the five-year average which is 25%. Overall, Iowa’s corn is rated at 20% excellent, 53% good, 19% fair, and eight percent poor to very poor. Soybeans are about eight days ahead of average across the state and they are rated at 19% excellent, 53% good, 21% fair, and seven percent poor to very poor.