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Iowa crop report returns good data as harvest season closes

After last week, the corn for grain crop has been virtually completed at 97% complete. Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says that the first snow aided harvesting.

IOWA, USA — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says that the most recent Iowa crop progress and condition report provided by the USDA showed that there is good news for the end of harvest season in spite of some bad weather, according to a news release.

“Despite a year that included significant weather challenges, persistent inflation and highly pathogenic avian influenza, we approach Thanksgiving and the conclusion of harvest with a deep sense of gratitude. We are thankful for the hardworking and resilient farm families who continue to sustainably produce crops and livestock that feed and fuel consumers here and around the world,” Secretary Naig said.

“The snowmelt from the first widespread snow of the season will improve soil moisture conditions, while warmer temperatures will be welcomed as we gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving,” Naig said.

After the week of Nov. 14-20, the harvest neared completion with 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. 

Harvest of the corn for grain crop was virtually complete at 97 percent, with moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain remaining at 16 percent. 

About the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Led by Secretary Mike Naig, the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship serves the rural and urban residents that call Iowa home. Through its 14 diverse bureaus, the Department ensures animal health, food safety and consumer protection. It also promotes conservation efforts to preserve our land and enhance water quality for the next generation. Learn more at iowaagriculture.gov.

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