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Northey looks back at this year’s harvest

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by Ben Nuelle 

LISTEN: world-of-agriculture-11-21-16

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey looks back at this year’s harvest.

Northey says we had a big crop across the state.

“It is great to have a big harvest we sure wish it was worth a little bit more. There were wet times and challenging times in harvest but we certainly had a nice finish to the weather and so stuff was able to come out.”

We still have a few acres of corn in southwest and south central Iowa.

“We had great weather once harvest really came in and mostly dry as well. The corn was dry enough to maybe get just a touch of drying. Soybeans came in in good condition without getting powder dry like they sometimes do.”

Northey says there were a lot of good crops everywhere and little problems but central Iowa and east central Iowa some big crops.

“We had some troubles in northwest Iowa with early rainfall impacting some of the corn planted early so we had some stand issues. North central Iowa got too much rain early harvest and so had a great crop standing in water. They lost a little bit that way.”

He says southern Iowa saw a lot better crop than previous years.

That combination creates the big yields with 199 bushel average corn and projected 59 bushel average soybeans.