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Iowa farmers making up for lost time

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Soybeans near Jefferson. Farmers had five days of favorable conditions last week to harvest this year’s crop. According to the latest crop progress report, soybean harvest is 48% complete in the state. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association.)

By Bethany Baratta, ISA senior writer

Iowa farmers took advantage of favorable weather last week to make a large dent in this year’s soybean harvest. More than 30% of the state’s expected soybean crop was harvested last week, according to the Iowa Crop Progress and Conditions report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

“Harvest is in full swing here,” said Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) member Curt Sindergard from Rolfe.

The report says 48% of Iowa’s soybean crop has been harvested, four days ahead of last year. This marks the first time the 2019 soybean crop has been ahead of the 2018 soybean crop, NASS notes. The 2018 harvest was also behind due to wet field conditions.

Iowa soybean farmers say yield is down from last year—as expected—but not as much as once projected.

“Bean yields are probably 10 to 15% less than a year ago, but better than we expected,” said Lindsay Greiner, immediate ISA past president and farmer near Keota.

Sindergard reports yields in the 55 to 65 bushels per acre range. Moisture ranged from 12 to 15%.

ISA District 5 Director Tom Vincent of Perry was able to harvest about half of his soybeans before rain hit late last week. He said he lucked out this growing season.

“We’re very fortunate in this part of the world,” Vincent said. “We were able to get planted timely and we had favorable rains along the way.”

He reports the “best beans I ever raised,” with a field average of 74 bushels per acre.

Iowa soybean condition rated 65% good to excellent in the NASS report.

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