Due to the Federal government shutdown, the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has again not completed the weekly crop progress and condition report that is released weekly during the growing season.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has issued the following statement on harvest progress and the
“Due to the Federal government shutdown we do not have a crop progress report again this week, but farmers continue to make significant progress on harvest statewide. The precipitation we have received has slowed progress in some areas. Overall, harvest remains behind average and yields are extremely variable,” Northey said.
By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
The past reporting week began with light rain falling over much of the state on Sunday (6th) with daytime highs only near 50 degrees. Much warmer weather prevailed from Monday (7th) through Friday (11th) with highs mostly in the 70’s each day with a few locations reaching into the low 80’s near the