It's a familiar refrain: the rain is slowing down the harvest. The state recorded 2.22 inches last week. That's 1.46 inches above normal. Unless farmers are in a hurry to get the corn out, says Doug Hartwig, many are leaving it in, so as to save money on drying. “The largest amount of rainfall received was four inches, which fell on the west-southwest district,” says Hartwig, heartland region director for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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“The average temperature was 59 degrees,” about a degree below normal. The corn harvest is 23 percent complete. The soybean harvest is 18 percent. The five-year averages are 45 and 32 percent, respectively. As for the rain, Hartwig says it is likely to help next year's crops.