Corn Progress Down After Northern Corn Belt Rain

October 4, 2016 10:55 AM

While the Corn Belt is kicking harvest into high gear, some states are still drying out from heavy autumn rain.

In a recent crop progress report, corn harvest is behind the 5-year average, with 24 percent in the bin in comparison to the 27 percent average.

There was a 9-point gain from the previous week.

The states most affected by heavy rainfall, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa are behind on harvest. 

Despite a 5-point increase in a week, Minnesota is at 8 percent, which is half of what’s normally harvested this time of year. Wisconsin is down from 9 percent to 6 percent. On the other hand, Iowa gained six points, reaching 10 percent, but is still nine points behind the 5-year average. 

One northern Iowa farmer is trying to improve his state’s numbers. 

Matt Keel posted a video on Twitter of him harvesting corn. Between the rows is standing water.

Keel Farms in Hancock Co., Iowa is west of eight counties declared major disaster areas by President Obama because of the record rainfall. Southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin were hit by the same system. 

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