Iowa Farmers Wrapping up Corn, Soybean Harvest

By George C. Ford, Reporter

Bob McArthur, of Marion, harvests soybeans on Neal Horning's farm in Marion on Satuday, Oct. 4, 2008. Horning has been growing soybeans on his farm for 14 years. (Amanda LaRae Larkin/The Gazette)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Iowa farmers are wrapping up the harvest of this year's corn and soybean crops with moderate to heavy movement from farm to elevator.

Only 7 percent of Iowa's corn crop remained in the field following the week that ended on Sunday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Iowa farmers harvested 5 percent of their corn for grain or seed during the week, advancing the harvest to 93 percent complete, 6 percent ahead of normal. The soybean harvest was 99 percent complete, at the normal pace.

South central Iowa lagged behind the rest of the state with 87 percent of corn and 95 percent of soybeans harvested.

Ninety-four percent of Iowa reported adequate or surplus off-farm grain storage availability and 85 percent reported adequate or surplus on-farm grain storage availability.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated 10 percent very short, 21 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels were rated 21 percent very short, 37 percent short, 41 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Pasture condition was rated 23 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 16 percent good and 1 percent excellent.

Hay supplies were considered 17 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus across Iowa with 91 percent rated in fair to good condition.

Light snow fell across all but far southwestern Iowa on Veteran’s Day with accumulations mostly of an inch or less.

Daytime maximum temperatures remained below freezing in many areas on Monday and Tuesday allowing the uppermost few inches of soil to freeze. However, warmer weather thawed the soil by later in the week.

Showers and thunderstorms were scattered over most of Iowa on Saturday and into Sunday. Anamosa reported the most rain with 1.6 inches.

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