Corn Harvest Winds Up
Solid harvest weather means corn is coming out of the field at a record pace - about twice as fast as average.
Published: Oct 22, 2012
The latest USDA Crop Progress Report shows that 87% of the U.S. corn harvest is complete. The continued dry weather has helped keep combines in the field and across the region farmers are making significant progress.
In Missouri, 97% of the corn harvest is complete, Minnesota is right behind at 96%, but Tennessee leads the way at 98%. The state lagging farthest behind - Ohio, has seen significant rain in recent weeks, but in the week-over-week numbers the state's farmers are making up for lost time. Last week just 31% of the Ohio corn crop was in the bin.
Meanwhile, soybean harvest isn't slowing much either with 80% of the beans in the bin. Minnesota, and North and South Dakota, are finished with the 2012 soybean harvest. Iowa at 96% and Nebraska at 95% are right behind. This harvest level is about 11 percentage points above the five-year average.
Solid harvest weather means corn is coming out of the field at a record pace - about twice as fast as average.Winter wheat planting continues about on schedule with 81% planted. Farmers that waited until the last minute for moisture were forced to get seed in the ground for crop insurance deadlines. Kansas has planted about 91% of its crop, Colorado is 99% complete and Nebraska has 97% of its wheat in the ground.
Emergence of the crop at 49% is behind schedule, but later planting in hopes of needed moisture arriving could be responsible for some of that delay.
Cotton harvest is running about average with 38% out of the field. Louisiana is ahead of the curve wth 91% of the crop harvested, which is ahead of the average. Georgia, with 31% harvested, is running about on schedule as is Mississippi at 64% and Tennessee at 59%.
Weather watchers will keep an eye on the drought monitor with more rain in the forecast this week, harvest could slow some. However, with corn and soybean harvest so far ahead of the average, the pipeline is filling pretty fast with new crop bushels.
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