According to the October 9 th USDA/NASS Crop Progress Report, 15% of Iowa’s corn crop has been harvested which is slightly ahead of the 5-year average of 13%. This progress is much different from neighboring states such as Illinois and Missouri which have harvested 63% and 76%, respectively. 

Soybean harvest in Iowa has been slow with only 18% harvested compared to the 5-year average of 31%. Missouri’s soybean harvest is moving at a similar pace to Iowa with 20% complete, however Illinois and Nebraska have harvested 51% and 36% of their soybean crops, respectively.

At the Crop Reporting District level (CRD), the corn harvest progress ranged from 39% complete in the Southeast CRD to 6% in the North Central CRD. The Southeast CRD also has 29% of their soybeans harvested, while the South Central CRD is only at 7%.

Michelle Mensing, Research Analyst, Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS). DIS is an Iowa-based economic research firm which provides regular farm economic research for Iowa Farm Bureau staff & members.