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Iowa farmers busy as harvest nears

Silage chopping continues and seed corn harvest is underway in Iowa.

USDA’s latest weekly crop report says farmers are also busy cutting hay, seeding cover crops, and preparing harvest equipment.

Crop development is slightly behind normal with 23 percent of corn mature and nine percent of soybeans dropping leaves.

Corn rated in good to excellent condition dropped to 63 percent, while soybeans considered good to excellent also fell three percentage points to 63 percent.

The third cutting of alfalfa is nearing 90 percent, and some producers are feeding cattle high moisture corn and hay.

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