North Iowa agronomist expects early harvest

An extension agronomist in northern Iowa anticipates an early harvest.

Angie Rieck-Hinz with Iowa State University says dry, hot conditions have accelerated crop development.

“Between the heat and the drought stress, our crops are ahead of schedule in terms of maturity. But also, we had an incredible amount of planting that week of April 10th, both corn and soybeans.”

She tells Brownfield some farmers could be combining soon.

“Several farmers told me they’re ready. They think they’ll be taking out some beans, maybe even some corn the end of the week of Labor Day. So I do think things are going to happen sooner than usual.”

Statewide, corn and soybean development is running several days ahead of normal.

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