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Catching Up in Corn Country

Latest crop progress report shows that dry weather has allowed combines to get grain out of the field.

Published on: Oct 28, 2013

What a difference a week makes when the weather is right. Combines have been rolling and now nearly 60% of the corn crop has been harvested, nearing the five year average. In fact in Illinois, harvest is ahead of the five-year average. Once the corn reached maturity - which 98% of it now has - growers got busy.

And the crisp fall weather with occasional rain is keeping corn in good condition as well, with 62% of the crop rated good to excellent in the latest USDA Crop Report. The state lagging farthest behind with just 31% harvested is Michigan, North Dakota is at 33% harvested and Wisconsin at 39% harvested.

MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME: Combines are rolling fast across corn country, at least according to the latest USDA crop report.
MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME: Combines are rolling fast across corn country, at least according to the latest USDA crop report.

For soybeans, the catch-up is complete with 77% of the crop harvested which is right on the five-year average for soybeans. States farthest behind include North Carolina at 11%, Tennessee at 36% and Missouri at just 51% harvested. In soybeans, Illinois is also ahead of the curve with 85% of soybeans harvested, well ahead of the five-year average.

For winter wheat, planting is now ahead of the five year average at 86% planted versus 85% on average. And emergence is also running just above the five-year average with 65% out of the ground versus 64%.

The crop condition, however, has slipped a bit falling from 65% good to excellent last week to 61% good to excellent.

For pasture and rangeland condition, this week there was some slip falling from 28% poor to very poor to 29% in the same categories. Some lingering drought is taking a toll on pasture and range, plus the devastating blizzard in the Dakotas also may have had an impact.

Keep up with crop conditions and yield estimates on the Farm Futures Statistical Tables and Charts page.