CROP REPORT: Harvest Delayed For Farmers

Posted on: 10:48 am, September 17, 2013, by , updated on: 01:12pm, September 17, 2013


A late start to the planting season because of a cool and wet spring means harvest has been pushed back for many Iowa farmers.

“Harvest remains delayed because of the late planting and cooler weather for much of the growing season,” says Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.

A few showers over the weekend weren’t enough to help Iowa crops either.

The latest USDA report shows just one-third of Iowa’s corn and soybeans are rated good-to-excellent.

Crop conditions have been in a steady decline over the last two-and-a-half months.

In early July, nearly 60-percent of the corn and soybeans were in good-to-excellent condition.

But a lack of rain is hurting crops. Last week the USDA downgraded its yield forecast for Iowa farmers.

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