—by Todd Thorson

According to Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, this year’s harvest is continuing at a rapid pace, and is nearly complete. Corn and soybean progress is well ahead of the average for the first time this year. During the week of November 4, the corn harvest had advanced quickly. It was the first time all season corn progress was ahead of the five-year average.

For the week reported, there were 4.7 days suitable for field work. Other activities on-going by area farmers included fall tillage, manure hauling and nitrogen application. Some farmers have elected to hold off harvesting high moisture corn or were storing it on on-farm sites to avoid extra drying costs. The recent rains and cool weather also improved soil moisture levels. All totaled, 75 percent of the corn crop has been harvested; four percent ahead of the norm. Soybean harvest increased 8 percent, and now stands at 95 percent complete; four days ahead of normal.

On the Dave Pepper farm, progress the last few weeks has been brisk and optimistic, as their fall harvest was nearly complete. As shown here, in photos submitted by Dave’s son Jim, operations went well into the evening, as they worked long hours to complete the harvesting process.