Harvest a “pleasant surprise” in north central Iowa

The USDA’s final harvest report released Monday reflects a successful harvest for north central Iowa, but a Franklin County official said results are even better than the report indicates.

Angie Rieck-Hinz, Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist who services Franklin County, said that while the report shows 98 percent of corn in the region has been harvested, that number is closer to 100 percent.

“There is an odd patch of corn here or there, but with the nice weather expected, we don’t anticipate problems finishing it up this week,” she said.

Statewide, the USDA said 96 percent of the state’s cornfields have been harvested, which was eight days behind the five-year average.

Southwest and south central Iowa are the only regions with more than five percent of corn or grain crops yet to be harvested.

Read the full story in the December 7 edition.