by Ben Nuelle
Both corn and soybean harvest in Iowa is behind the five-year average. Seventy-one percent of Iowa’s corn for grain has been harvested according to the USDA crop progress report yesterday. It is two days behind the five-year average.
Farmers harvested Eighty-nine percent of Iowa’s soybeans. They are one week behind last year and five days behind normal. Southwest and south central farmers still have one-third of their soybean crop to pick.
Nationally, 75% of corn harvest is complete, an increase of 14% from last week. Soybeans were 87% harvested versus 76% last week. That is above the five-year average of 85%. Winter wheat was 86% planted, advancing 7% from last week, but just behind last year’s 88%. The winter wheat crop was estimated to be 70% emerged, about in line with the 69% five-year average. 58% of winter wheat was rated good/excellent.