(Le Mars) -- Farmers are making progress with this year's harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports 55 percent of Iowa's corn crop and 87 percent of the soybean crop have been harvested.
Monday's weekly report showed the corn crop was about 5 percentage points behind normal,
while The soybean harvest was about two days ahead of normal. Joel DeJong, Iowa State
University extension crop specialist says the soybean harvest in Plymouth County is close to completion.
DeJong says generally the corn harvest is doing well, but a few farmers have had to deal with lodging issues and dropped ears.
The crop specialist says the recent rains are helping replenish the lost soil moisture levels from the last two years due to the drought conditions.