The USDA Iowa Crops and Weather Report has been released for the week. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on it saying that “with just 2% of corn and 1% of beans still in the field, harvest in nearly complete. As soil temperatures drop below 50 degrees, fall fertilizer applications are starting.” He goes on to say that the early harvest and agreeable weather has allowed significant construction of conservation practices. There were 6 days suitable for fieldwork and topsoil and subsoil conditions declined slightly. Although the dry weather aided field work, many farmers would appreciate more precipitation to replenish moisture levels prior to the ground freezing for the winter. The report is available for viewing at IowaAgriculture.gov.