It’s no surprise that the unseasonably warm temperatures the past week has help aided the fall 2016 harvest. This stretch of above average temperatures has been much needed after a soggy start to the fall harvest.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crop update that in Iowa 71 percent of corn is harvested, about two days behind the average. The soybean crop is 89 percent harvested, about five days behind average. Overall, the harvest in the state remains slightly behind the five-year average.
Nationwide, the weekly US corn harvest report showed 75 percent of the corn crop was harvested versus 61 percent last week, and 82 percent a year ago. Farmers in southwest and south central Iowa still have a third or more of their soybeans to harvest.