According to the USDA weekly crop progress report, 99% of the corn in Iowa was harvested as of Nov. 20. As this year's harvest comes to a close, Farm Industry News photographer Mike Krivit captured the last of the corn crop being harvested on this farm in Iowa.
1. Dry weather
More dry weather allowed farmers to finish the last of the fall corn harvest.
2. Almost done
The only states with crops left to harvest as of Nov. 20 are Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. The remaining 12 states with corn crops have completed 100% of the harvest, according to the USDA report.
3. Coming to a close
Ninety-nine percent of the corn crop in Iowa was harvested as of Nov. 20, compared to 98% a week earlier on Nov. 13.
Farmers rush to complete the last of the harvest and associated tasks before the first snowfalls.
A particularly dry fall allowed for increased productivity in the fields compared to past seasons.
6. Prepping for winter
With most of the corn crop harvested, farmers are now focused on tillage and cleanup efforts before winter sets in.
7. Last of the grain
Farmers work together to get the last of the grain ready for storage.
8. Plowing through
This John Deere combine barrels through the last of the corn crop in the field.
9. Plenty of grain
The grain is sent through the auger into a semi in order to be transferred to storage.
10. Tillage, cleanup
Tillage and cleanup are well under way in some areas now that the last of the crop has been harvested.
11. Storing for spring
Many farmers are storing their grain in bins or storage lockers in preparation to sell the grain at a later date when the time is right.