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USDA: Fall harvest catches up on improved weather

Agriculture.com Staff 11/03/2008 @ 2:16pm

Warm, dry weather in much of U.S. corn and soybean country allowed farmers to make big-time strides with fall harvest over the last week, according to Monday's USDA Crop Progress report.

As of Sunday, 55% of the nation's corn crop is out of the field. Though that's almost 30% behind last year's harvest pace, it's a 16% jump from the previous week's harvest tally.

Soybean harvest is closer to the average pace, with 86% of the country's beans in the bin, compared to 90% at this point a year ago and the previous five-year average of 89%.

Winter wheat seedings, according to Monday's report, are at 90%, right on par with '07 and just two percentage points behind the previous five-year average. Wheat emergence, at 76%, is two points ahead of 2007 and just two points below the five-year average.

Warm, dry weather in much of U.S. corn and soybean country allowed farmers to make big-time strides with fall harvest over the last week, according to Monday's USDA Crop Progress report.

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