Harvest Moves Ahead With Dry Weather

Bill NortheyNorthwest Iowa — Farmers are making good progress with the harvest, according to Spirit Lake farmer, and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.

Northey says the latest U-S-D-A crop report shows good progress in the harvest.

Northey says he’s hearing good things about yields.

He says the corn harvest is 10 days ahead of last year, but eight days behind average. The soybean harvest is one week ahead of last year, but one day behind average. He expects things to move forward quite a bit this week.

Northey says the crop appears to be pretty dry. There have been some concerns about the beans not being dry enough.

Northey farms corn and beans near Spirit Lake.

While the big yield numbers are good, a big yield could keep commodity prices down. Northey says a lot of that also depends on the harvest numbers across the grain belt.

He says farmers will get the harvest complete and then take time to see what the yields across the country mean for their own crop.

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