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USDA: Harvest getting further behind a year ago

Agriculture.com Staff 09/25/2006 @ 2:23pm

Wet weather is making the pace of the soybean harvest nearly twice as slow as last year, according to the USDA Crop Progress report released on Monday. Farmers are behind last year's corn picking as well.

For corn, 13% of the crop is out of the fields, behind 17% from a year ago, and a 15% five-year average. USDA rated corn 61% good/excellent, 23% fair, and 16% very poor-poor.

The U.S. soybean crop is rated 62% good/excellent, 25% fair, and 13% very poor-poor. The crop is 9% harvested, compared to 17% a year ago. Also, 70% of the soybean crop has dropped leaves, behind 80% a year ago.

As of Sunday, 10% of the winter wheat had emerged, compared to 11% a year ago. Also, 36% of the crop is planted, below 38% a year ago.

USDA, in its weekly report, rated cotton 39% good/excellent, 29% fair, and 32% very poor-poor. Plus, 17% of the cotton is harvested, ahead of 15% from a year ago.

Wet weather is making the pace of the soybean harvest nearly twice as slow as last year, according to the USDA Crop Progress report released on Monday. Farmers are behind last year's corn picking as well.

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