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Evening Edition | Monday, September 19, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, read about the start of harvest, dry weather forecast for the Corn Belt, and a manure release that polluted Iowa waterways.

Harvest Begins

Editor Cassidy Walter covers the USDA Crop Progress Report, which states that 7% of corn has been harvested.

In the top 18 corn growing states, crop condition was rated 52% good/excellent, down 1% from last week.

Just 3% of soybeans have been harvested. The five-year average for this time is 5%.

The start of harvest brings unexpected challenges for XtremeAg farmers Matt Miles, Kevin Matthews, and Kelly Garrett.

Garrett, who farms in Iowa, began harvest of corn and soybeans. He says, "Overall, I think yields here will be alright considering the hot dry summer that we had. It shows that the plant health and stress mitigation products we are using are really paying for themselves."

Miles, who farms in Arkansas, says, "After several weeks of subpar weather, we have a fantastic forecast for harvest. With about five days to go on soybeans and rice, all the grain will soon be a done deal."

Scarce Rain Across the Corn Belt

Krissy Klinger with WeatherTrends360 writes that the week ending September 24 is forecast to be dry for much of the Corn Belt with only scattered light rains in the forecast.

While drier trends will aid with early harvest efforts, the lack of moisture could allow existing drought conditions to worsen in the Western Corn Belt and Southern Plains.

Expect temperatures for a majority of the Corn Belt and to the East Coast to be 5°F. to 10°F. above normal.

Manure Pollutes an Iowa Waterway

The owner of a northwest Iowa dairy farm was ordered to pay the state more than $36,000 for a massive manure release last year that killed nearly 100,000 small fish in a nearby creek, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The manure discharge happened in April 2021 when a worker at Rock Bottom Dairy, near Lester, neglected one night to shut off an irrigator that spreads manure onto a nearby field.

An overrun of about 200,000 gallons of manure into Mud Creek and its tributary was discovered early the next morning.

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