Grace Smith | October 27, 2022
59 percent of corn and 88 percent of soybeans have been harvested by Iowa farmers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture report on Oct. 24. Both crops are ahead of Iowa’s five-year average, with corn being eight days ahead and soybeans being 11 days ahead.
“Soybean harvest is beginning to wrap up and Iowa farmers and are making big strides toward finishing corn harvest,” said Mike Naig, the state’s agriculture secretary. “While the persistently dry conditions have helped push harvest progress along, moderate drought continues to spread statewide and is now covering nearly half of Iowa.”
Although Iowa’s drought is about the worst it has been in nine years, Iowa farmers had 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 23, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
State Climatologist Justin Glisan said there was very little rainfall in the state this past week. “While several eastern Iowa stations reported trace amounts of rainfall, only a few National Weather Service co-op stations observed measurable totals,” Glisan said in the report. “Overall, statewide precipitation deficits were on the order of 0.40 inches to 0.60 inches.”