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Wheat harvest remains behind pace; status quo for corn, soybean conditions

Agriculture.com Staff 07/02/2007 @ 2:24pm

Farmers and custom cutting crews made considerable wheat harvest progress over the last week, but remain well behind the normal pace for this time of year, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

According to NASS numbers, wheat harvest appears to be around a week behind schedule in the Plains. As of Sunday, 40% of the nation's wheat had been harvested compared to 62% a year ago and the previous five-year average of 54%.

A particularly slow pace was shown in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas: In Oklahoma, where heavy moisture keeps harvest crews parked, only 59% of the wheat crop was cut as of Sunday. Last year at this time, almost all of the state's wheat -- 99% -- was harvested as of July 1. Similarly slow progress is also noted in Colorado, where 18% of the crop is out of the field compared to 56% a year ago.

A Monday report by the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers shows moisture is the culprit for slow progress, especially in central and eastern parts of the state. In western parts of the state, progress ranges from just beginning to near completion.

Corn and soybean crop conditions were unchanged and slightly improved, respectively, from the previous week. Both crops are now slightly ahead in quality compared to last year at this time: 73% of the corn crop and 68% of the soybean crop, compared to 68% and 64% last year respectively, was in good to excellent condition as of Sunday.

Other crop conditions, including for cotton, sorghum, oats and barley, were at or near the levels they were last week and at this point last year.

Farmers and custom cutting crews made considerable wheat harvest progress over the last week, but remain well behind the normal pace for this time of year, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

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