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Corn, soybean harvest ambles toward its end

Jeff Caldwell 11/18/2013 @ 3:45pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Corn and soybean farmers are rounding third and headed for home.

Monday's weekly USDA Crop Progress report shows farmers have 91% of the nation's corn harvested and 95% of its soybeans out of the field. The corn tally is 5% of the normal pace and the soybean number is 1% below the previous average. Last year at this time, 99% of the corn and 98% of the soybeans had been harvested.

If last week's pace holds true in the next week, soybean harvest should be just wrapping up by this time next week, while corn farmers will still have a few acres to whittle out. That may be tough to get done, however, considering a forecast that's fairly damp after the next few days. Though the harvest window may be open through midweek, more rain delays are expected by the weekend.

"Showers in the Midwest and Delta will slow any remaining corn and soybean harvesting, although little harvesting remains to be done," says Don Keeney, senior ag meteorologist with MDA Weather Services.

"Overall, with favorable harvest weather today through Wednesday, most of the remaining summer crops will likely be harvested," adds Harvey Freese of Freese-Notis Weather. "Harvesting delays are likely Thursday and Friday for the southern Plains, central/eastern Midwest, and Delta with a return to drier weather this weekend."

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