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Corn Harvest Moves Along

Still lagging the five year average, combines are catching up

Published on: Oct 21, 2013

In the first crop progress report since the shutdown, USDA reports that 39% of the corn crop has been harvested versus a five year average of 53%. No state is reporting harvest at its individual five year average, as late planting and a cool summer slowed development.

USDA also reports that 60% of the corn crop is rated at good to excellent, but it is hard to judge weather impact since previous week data is not available. Corn maturity is right on the five year average at 94% mature.

For soybeans, the crop reported at 63% harvested, which is just shy of the five year average of 69%. And the soybean crop is rated at 57% good to excellent.

With this much harvest progress so far, that November 8 report should have some solid numbers.

Still lagging the five year average, combines are catching up
Still lagging the five year average, combines are catching up

Meanwhile in winter wheat country, planters and drills are on the move with 79% of the crop in the ground, which is right on the five year average. Recent rains have made getting the crop in the ground easier as well.

About 53% of the winter wheat crop has emerged, which is also about average for this time of year. And 65% of the crop is rated as good to excellent this week.

For cotton, 21% of the crop is harvested! which is also behind the average. Recent rains have slowed pickers as growers try to bring in the fiber crop. USDA reports that the cotton crop is 44% good to excellent as well.

The cotton crop is running a little behind the average as well. Cooler weather predicted for the region may not help crop progress.

Pasture and rangeland condition appears to be improving with 40% rated good to excellent. Much needed moisture in some key range areas has helped, and the drought that had crept into the northern Midwest has abated, for now.

Click here for a look at the full report.