According to the most recent USDA/NASS Crop Progress and Condition Report, Iowa’s corn harvest is 85% complete, still behind the 5-year average of 92% harvested. However, the Iowa soybean harvest is nearing completion with 97% harvested. This harvest season got off to a slow start – as you can see below, the state averaged only 2.6 and 2.0 days/week suitable for fieldwork in early October. However, now that conditions have improved, corn harvest has progressed more rapidly going from 67% complete last week to 85% complete this week.
At the Crop Reporting District (CRD) level, corn harvest ranges from 92% complete in the Northwest CRD, to 73% in the Southwest CRD. Soybean harvest is at least 95% complete in all of the central and northern crop reporting districts in the state, however the southern tier of crop reporting districts are still slightly behind at 91% of soybeans harvested in the South Central CRD, and 92% in both the Southwest and Southeast CRD.