Crop Progress: Corn Harvest Lags Slightly, Soybeans Pull Further Ahead – DTN

    Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

    The U.S. corn harvest was slightly behind the five-year average pace while soybean harvest moved further ahead of normal last week, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday.

    NASS estimated that, as of Sunday, Sept. 27, 15% of U.S. corn had been harvested, 1 percentage point behind the average pace of 16%. “Iowa’s corn harvest was 12% done, Nebraska’s was 14% finished, Illinois’ corn harvest was 13% complete but well below the average of 24%, and Minnesota corn was just 6% harvested,” said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

    Corn reaching maturity remained 10 percentage points ahead of normal at 75% as of Sunday compared to the five-year average of 65%. “Corn maturity percentages in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin were well above average,” Mantini said.

    NASS estimated that 61% of the corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, unchanged from the previous week.

    While corn harvest continued to run slightly slower than normal, soybean harvest pulled further ahead of the average pace. NASS estimated that 20% of soybeans were harvested as of Sunday, up 14 percentage points from the previous week and 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 15%. Soybean development also remained ahead of normal with 74% of the crop dropping leaves, 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 69%.

    “The percentages of soybeans dropping leaves in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin were well above the average pace,” Mantini said. “Iowa soybeans were 30% harvested, Minnesota was 31% done, and Nebraska and South Dakota were each 29% harvested, well above their five-year averages.”

    The condition of soybeans was estimated at 64% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from 63% the previous week.

    Winter wheat planting continued to run slightly ahead of the normal pace, at 35% complete as of Sunday compared to the average of 33%. Ten percent of winter wheat had emerged, 2 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 8%.

    “Kansas winter wheat was 35% planted, well ahead of its usual pace,” said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. “Last year’s second-largest producer, Washington, was 59% planted.”

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    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 Mature 75 59 39 65
    Corn Harvested 15 8 10 16
    Soybeans Dropping Leaves 74 59 49 69
    Soybeans Harvested 20 6 6 15
    Winter Wheat Planted 35 20 34 33
    Winter Wheat Emerged 10 3 8 8
    Cotton Bolls Opening 66 57 73 66
    Cotton Harvested 13 11 15 14
    Sorghum Coloring 96 92 94 94
    Sorghum Mature 62 51 51 58
    Sorghum Harvested 31 27 29 33
    Rice Harvested 57 47 65 70

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    National Crop Condition Summary
    (VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
    This Week Last Week Last Year
    VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
    Corn 5 9 25 47 14 5 9 25 47 14 4 10 29 46 11
    Soybean 3 7 26 51 13 3 7 27 51 12 3 10 32 46 9
    Cotton 10 14 33 36 7 9 18 28 35 10 3 17 40 34 6
    Sorghum 6 12 31 40 11 5 11 33 40 11 2 6 27 50 15

    Anthony Greder can be reached at anthony.greder@dtn.com

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