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USDA: Row crop harvest remains off average pace

Agriculture.com Staff 10/23/2006 @ 2:23pm

Growers have just over half the U.S. corn crop out of the field and remain slightly behind the average pace, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

Fifty-three percent of the corn and 76% of the soybeans in the 18 primary growing states was harvested as of Oct. 22. Both figures are slightly below the previous five-year average, 57% and 78% respectively.

Also slightly behind pace is winter wheat progress, in both planting and emergence, at 86% and 65% respectively. Just over half, 54%, of the nation's sorghum was harvested by Oct. 22.

Overall, 56% of the nation's pasture and range land, according to Monday's NASS report, is in fair to good condition, slightly above the previous week but still lower than the same week in 2005.

Cotton conditions were identical as of Oct. 22 as in the previous week, with 62% in fair to good condition overall and 29% poor to very poor.

Growers have just over half the U.S. corn crop out of the field and remain slightly behind the average pace, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

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