While corn and soybeans are reaching maturity slightly ahead of normal this year, harvest of both crops so far is progressing at a close-to-average pace, USDA NASS’ said in its weekly national Crop Progress report Monday.
In its first national soybean harvest report of the season, NASS estimated that 6% of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, Sept. 19, near 5% last year and equal to the five-year average.
“Most of the progress is in Southern states, but North Dakota soybeans are 11% harvested and Iowa is at 4%,” said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.
For the rest of the crop, NASS estimated that 58% of soybeans were dropping leaves as of Sunday, 10 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 48%.
The condition of the soybean crop remaining in fields was pegged at 58% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from 57% the previous week but down from 63% a year ago.
After trailing 1 percentage point behind normal the previous week, corn harvest edged 1 percentage point ahead of average last week, coming in at 10% as of Sunday compared to the five-year average of 9%.
“Corn harvest activity has picked up in the major producing states, with Illinois at 11% harvested and Iowa at 4%,” Hultman said.
As with soybeans, corn continued to reach maturity ahead of normal last week. NASS estimated that 93% of corn was dented as of Sept. 19, up 4 percentage points from the five-year average of 89%. Fifty-seven percent of corn was rated mature, up 10 percentage points from the five-year average of 47%.
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The condition of corn still in fields also rose last week, edging up 1 percentage point from 58% good to excellent as of Sunday, Sept. 12, to 59% good to excellent on Sunday, Sept. 19. That was down from 61% a year ago.
Winter wheat planting also continued slightly ahead of normal last week, with NASS estimating 21% of the crop had been planted as of Sunday, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 18%. Winter wheat emerged was pegged at 3%, just 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 2%.
The following are some other highlights from this week’s Crop Progress report:
Sorghum coloring was pegged at 92%, 4 percentage points ahead of the average. Sorghum mature was 51%, 5 percentage points ahead of average. Sorghum harvested was 25%, 3 percentage points behind average.
Cotton bolls opening was 48%, 5 percentage points behind the average. Cotton harvested was 9%, 2 percentage points behind the average. Cotton condition was rated 64% good to excellent, unchanged from the previous week.
Rice harvested was 51%, 5 percentage points behind the average pace.
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|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves||58||38||56||48|
|Winter Wheat Planted||21||12||19||18|
|Winter Wheat Emerged||3||NA||3||2|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||48||36||56||53|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
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