Due to the Federal government shutdown, the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has not completed the weekly crop progress and condition report that is released weekly during the growing season.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has issued the following statement on harvest progress and the Iowa weekly weather summary prepared by the State Climatologist for Iowa Harry Hillaker follows Northey’s statement.
“Unfortunately due to the Federal government shutdown we will not have a crop progress report this week. In general, what I’m hearing from around the state is that many farmers were able to start harvesting before the wet weather moved in late last week. If we get several days of dry, warm weather this week as forecasted, that will help crops dry down and farmers will again be busy harvesting both corn and soybeans,” Northey said.