Iowa harvest ahead of schedule

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa's corn and soybean harvests have passed the halfway point as farmers move quickly to get the drought-damaged crops out of the fields.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 56 percent of the corn and 54 percent of the soybeans have been harvested. That's a week or two ahead of normal.

The USDA says in Monday's weekly report that the condition of the corn improved slightly, with 47 percent rated poor or very poor, 33 percent fair and 20 percent in good or excellent shape. Soybeans are rated 31 percent poor or very poor, 37 percent fair and 32 percent in good or excellent condition.

Iowa continues to be dry. The state saw just .17 inches of rain in the past week, below the normal of .77 inches.