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Combines are Rolling in Iowa Corn and Soybean Fields
Iowa Ag Connection - 09/27/2022

Farmers took advantage of 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork to get harvest underway during the week ending Sunday, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork included harvesting row crops, chopping silage, and cutting hay.

Topsoil moisture condition rated 14 percent very short, 29 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 20 percent very short, 30 percent short, 49 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Corn in the dent stage or beyond was 97 percent, 1 week ahead of the 5-year average. Sixty-three percent of Iowa's corn crop was mature or beyond, 2 days behind last year but 1 day ahead of the average. Harvest of the State's corn crop was 5 percent complete, 5 days behind last year and 1 day behind the 5-year average. Corn condition remained 64 percent good to excellent. Ninety percent of soybeans were coloring or beyond, 3 days behind last year. Soybeans dropping leaves or beyond were at 61 percent, 3 days behind last year and 1 day behind the 5-year average. Soybean harvest reached 7 percent, 4 days behind last year and 3 days behind the average. Soybean condition rated 62 percent good to excellent.

Ninety-eight percent of the State's third cutting of alfalfa hay was complete. Pasture condition rated 34 percent good to excellent.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said, "Fall has officially arrived, cooler temperatures are starting to settle in, and combines are rolling in corn and soybean fields across the state. Despite some triple digit readings in places last Tuesday, the first frost of the season looks possible for portions of Iowa this week."


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