Harvest Pace Behind Average As Rain Keeps Growers Out of Fields09/27/2016
As expected, the pace of harvest is behind the five-year average due to all of the wet weather in the past week.
As much as six times the normal amount of rain has fallen in several parts of the Midwest in the past seven days, according to the National Weather Service. A wide swath of land that includes almost all of Texas, parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, western Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin has been inundated with rain for the past seven days, according to the National Weather Service.
Only 4% of corn in Iowa has been harvested so far, below the five-year average of 11%, according to the Department of Agriculture. In Kansas, 29% was collected as of Sunday, well below the average of 40% for this time of year.
Nationally, 15% of corn has been collected, behind the five-year pace of 19%, USDA data show. Some 10% of soybeans have been harvested.
In Iowa, growers have only collected 2% of soybeans, half the normal amount, while Illinois farmers are 6% complete with the harvest, below the 9% average pace, according to the USDA.
A large storm stretching from Wisconsin to Texas likely slowed drydown of fields and collection of crops early this week, but drier weather is expected for much of the Midwest as the week goes on, according to weather forecasters.
Whether it’s dry enough to actually speed up the harvest remains to be seen.