The corn harvest is a full month ahead of schedule. Last year at this time, only 40 percent of the corn had been combined. As of last Friday, 87 percent of the state’s corn crop had been harvested. Ninety-three-percent of the state’s soybeans were in the bin by the end of last week. That’s three weeks ahead of normal. The report noted “substantial rain finally arrived over much of Iowa over the weekend” with “over an inch” falling in many areas. Topsoil moisture levels improved, with 21 percent of the farm ground in Iowa considered to have “adequate” moisture in the top layer of the soil. However, 95 percent of the state’s subsoil is considered to be “short” or “very short” of moisture.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says that some farmers received welcome moisture this past weekend, as many wrap-up harvest and see soils that are very dry and will need significant rainfall to replenish both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels. He says now that many farmers have completed harvest, it is important that they wait for soil temperatures to be below 50 degrees and falling before doing anhydrous ammonia applications.
Read the report here.