Corn harvest by Boyden

A farmer harvests corn near Boyden.

REGIONAL—Sioux County fire chiefs are asking farmers not to harvest until dry conditions improve, according to a Nixle alert from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

“Fire chiefs urge farmers to delay harvest until the dry conditions and wind improve,” the alert reads. “There have been multiple field fires in the county due to the dry fields.”

This request comes nearly a week after county fire chiefs implemented a burn ban.

The ban states no person in Sioux County shall engage in open burning until such time as conditions dangerous to life and property no longer exist. Iowa Code 100.40 outlines the regulations regarding an open burn ban. A violation of this section is a simple misdemeanor.

Sioux County is one of Iowa’s leading crop producers and ranked in the top 10 for soybeans in 2019, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Iowa Field Office.

The region also is in the midst of a drought and neighboring O'Brien County was granted access to low-income emergency loans from the USDA due to it.