USDA Crop Progress: Kansas and Arkansas Soybean Harvest Lagging Behind

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

U.S. farmers logged another week of double-digit gains in the corn and soybean harvest last week, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

As of Sunday, Nov. 4, 83% of the nation’s soybeans were harvested, up 11 percentage points from the previous week. That was 6 percentage points behind the five-year average of 89%, an improvement from the previous week when harvest lagged the average pace by 9 points.

However, the soybean harvest is still behind the five-year average pace in more states than it is ahead, noted DTN Analyst Todd Hultman.

“Kansas remains the most distressed, at 63% harvested compared to a five-year average of 82%, with Arkansas a close second at 72% harvested,” Hultman said.

Corn harvest ended the week at 76% complete, up 13 percentage points from the previous week. It was the first time this season that corn harvest fell behind the average pace, which is 77% for this time of year.

“Corn harvest appears to be going well overall with no insurmountable problems anticipated,” Hultman said.

Meanwhile, winter wheat progress was behind average last week. Eighty-four percent of the crop was planted as of Sunday, behind last year’s 90% and also behind the five-year average of 90%. Winter wheat emerged, at 70%, was behind both last year’s pace of 74% and the average pace of 77%.

Kansas remained one of the hold-outs, with 83% of the state’s winter wheat planted, 12 percentage points behind the five-year average of 95%, Hultman noted. “Keep in mind, without a planted acreage estimate from USDA, none of us know what these percentages are based on,” Hultman said.

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NASS estimated 51% of winter wheat was in good-to-excellent condition, down 2 percentage points from 53% the previous week.

Sixty-four percent of the sorghum crop was harvested as of Sunday, behind 70% last year and 12 percentage points behind the five-year average of 76%.

Ninety-four percent of cotton had bolls opening as of Sunday, behind the average of 97%. Forty-nine percent of cotton was harvested, behind last year’s 53% and also behind the average pace of 52%.

Cotton condition slipped from 35% good to excellent the previous week to 33% last week.

To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit here. Look for the U.S. map in the “Find Data and Reports by” section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state’s “Crop Progress & Condition” report.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Harvested 76 63 68 77
Soybeans Harvested 83 72 89 89
Winter Wheat Planted 84 78 90 90
Winter Wheat Emerged 70 63 74 77
Cotton Bolls Opening 94 91 96 97
Cotton Harvested 49 44 53 52
Sorghum Mature 97 94 98 98
Sorghum Harvested 64 53 70 76


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Cotton 19 16 32 26 7 18 16 31 27 8 5 10 30 41 14
Winter Wheat 3 9 37 42 9 3 11 33 45 8 3 8 34 45 10

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