The USDA said almost all of Iowa's soybean crop has been harvested and two-thirds of the corn crop is in as farmers have taken advantage of the warm, dry conditions this month, according to the Des Moines Register. The USDA says 69 percent of the corn crop is rated good to excellent.

A year ago, only 9 percent of the corn crop had been harvested during the wet weather. This year, the USDA said, 66 percent of the crop is in bins and elevators.

"Long hours in the field have meant almost all the soybeans have been picked and over half the corn has been harvested," the USDA report said. "Iowa is well ahead of normal in their harvest progression, which should leave time for fall tillage, fertilizing and installing tile. One downside to the summer-like conditions has been the number of field and equipment fires reported." Read more.

On the Plains, unusually warm, dry weather continues to promote summer crop harvesting and winter wheat emergence. However, rain is needed on the central and southern Plains to encourage proper autumn establishment of winter wheat.

In the Corn Belt, corn and soybean harvest activities are nearing completion in many areas under a mild, dry weather regime. However, recently planted winter grains in the eastern Corn Belt will soon require moisture to ensure healthy stands of wheat prior to dormancy.

In the South, a broken line of beneficial showers stretches from Virginia to the lower Mississippi Valley. However, many areas still need additional rain for fall-sown commodities such as winter wheat, cover crops, and winter forages.

Source: Des Moines Register, USDA