Naig says yields are better than expected

Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig says he’s optimistic about this year’s corn and soybean crop despite widespread drought conditions.

“We’ve definitely seen yield reductions because of that, but I have talked with a lot of folks that – even if they did see some yield reductions – are saying things like it’s better than expected,” Naig said. “We did have parts of the state that did see regular rain, and they are telling me about phenomenal yields.”

He tells Brownfield he expects harvest to wrap up in the next few weeks.

“I know there have been some folks waiting for that corn to dry down some and maybe taking that foot off the gas just a little bit,” Naig said. “But as we get into the end of October here, I think folks will really hit it full bore.”

The USDA says Iowa’s corn harvest was 59% complete as of Sunday. Eighty-eight percent of the state’s soybean crop has been harvested.

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