(Des Moines) Some southwest Iowa farmers have been quoted as saying "this is the best harvest season they have ever experienced," thanks to dry weather. And their progress shows up in the latest weekly crop report.
The report shows 71 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, which is about two weeks ahead of the five-year average. Fifty-nine percent of the corn is in good to excellent condition. The soybean harvest is 95 percent complete, more than two weeks ahead of the average pace.
However, the weekly crop report on Monday says the dry spell is affecting soil moisture, with topsoil moisture levels at 35 percent very short and 37 percent short Rain totals for the week ranged from none over much of the northeast two-thirds of Iowa to .22 inches at Underwood in Pottawattamie County.
October 25, 2011