Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report

November 21 – 27, 2022

DES MOINES, Iowa (November 29, 2022) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig commented today on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly April through November.

“In the face of challenging weather conditions and economic uncertainty, Iowa farmers once again showed their resiliency by producing yet another strong crop. With harvest nearly complete, Iowa farmers are looking ahead to next year by considering input choices and conservation practices, and making decisions about marketing,” said Secretary Naig. “Wet conditions would be welcome in the weeks ahead to help chip away at precipitation deficits and to replenish our soil moisture levels.”

The weekly report is also available on the USDA’s website at

Crop Report

Farmers closed the season with 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 27, 2022, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Warmer weather allowed tillage and fertilizer applications. There were reports of a few scattered corn fields remaining to be harvested.

Topsoil moisture condition rated 23 percent very short, 33 percent short, 43 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. The 56 percent short to very short topsoil moisture rating is the highest percentage of short to very short to close out the season since 2012 when 72 percent fell into the short to very short categories. Subsoil moisture condition rated 30 percent very short, 35 percent short, 34 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Livestock were doing well with reports of calves being weaned and cattle grazing on corn stalks.