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Harvest approaching, crops continue to be behind schedule

Charles City, Iowa – Despite a late heat wave from mother nature last week, corn and soybeans continue to be behind schedule longer than average.

The latest date from the USDA crop progress and condition report says, very few producers were in the fields last week beginning harvest, despite silage being chopped.

Nearly all of the corn is in the dough stage.  Eighty-two percent of the crop has reached the dented stage or beyond, 17 days behind last year and 12 days behind average. Eighteen percent of corn reached maturity, 19 days behind last year and 2 weeks behind average. 

Sixty-five percent of the soybean crop has begun coloring or beyond, 11 days behind last year and 8 days behind average. Twenty-two percent of the crop has begun dropping leaves, 12 days behind last year and 9 days behind average.

There are several rain chances in the forecast this week to dampen farmer’s hopes to jump start an already slow fall. 

Kellan Heavican

News & Sports Director

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