Iowa’s farmers had less than two days suitable for fieldwork last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The above average rainfall and continued wet conditions have made harvest difficult. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says the different weather conditions across the state will result in a variety of yields, “I know that there’s a lot of folks that are anxious to really get rolling here, but you know, we’ve got some time here. But I know we’re all anxious to see some blue sky. Now crop-wise , you know, we’ve got quite a bit of variability from north to south in the state. Up where I’m from, where we farm, up in northwest Iowa and we’ve been terribly wet and that’s been impacting yields. And I know as you get a little south from here, and south central Iowa I know has struggled with some drought. Now there’s also parts of the state that look really good, had just the amount of rain they needed, and so we’ll see some phenomenal yields, maybe record yields across the central part of the state. So that’s just one of those things farmers deal with year on year, right? That variability in weather.”
At this time in southeast Iowa 39% of corn for grain and 29% of soybeans have been harvested. Iowa’s crop conditions have both corn and soybeans at 21% fair, and 70% good to excellent.