Written by Theresa Rose on October 12, 2016


DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.

“Despite the rain showers that rolled across the state last week farmers were able to make some harvest progress, combining 9 percent of the state’s corn crop and 22 percent of the bean crop.  The 19 percent of corn and 43 percent of beans harvested are behind the five-year average of 32 percent of corn and 54 percent of beans typically harvested by this point. Hopefully we can get a run of dry weather that will let farmers get in the field and get the crop out in a timely manner,” Northey said.

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at<> or on USDA’s site at<>.  The report summary follows here:


Rainfall events throughout the week slowed down harvest allowing Iowa farmers just 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 9, 2016, according the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Although hampered by soft and muddy fields, activities for the week included soybean and corn for grain harvest and hauling manure.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus.

Ninety-four percent of the corn crop was mature or beyond, equal to last year’s pace, but 3 days ahead of the five-year average. Nineteen percent of the corn crop for grain has been harvested, 3 days behind last year and one week behind average. Moisture content of field corn being harvested was at 20 percent. Corn condition rated 81 percent good to excellent. Ninety-two percent of soybeans were dropping leaves or beyond, 2 days ahead of average. Despite scattered showers, over one-fifth of the State’s soybean crop was harvested in the past week, reaching 43 percent harvested, 3 days behind last year’s pace. Soybean condition rated 81 percent good to excellent.

Pasture condition was rated 62 percent good to excellent. Livestock conditions were described as good despite some flooded low-lying pastures and muddy feedlots.