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Corn, soybean harvest progress surges

Jeff Caldwell 10/24/2011 @ 3:22pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Soybean harvest moved another big step toward completion, while farmers got almost 20% of the nation's corn crop out of the field in one week, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

Monday's crop report shows 65% of the nation's corn crop and 80% of the nation's soybeans have been harvested, up 18% and 11% in the previous week-long period. That puts corn harvest 14% ahead of the normal pace.

Most of the progress came in the western reaches of the Corn Belt, according to Craig Solberg, ag meteorologist with Freese-Notis Weather, Inc. That's especially true for corn in states like Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota, where farmers combined 19%, 29% and 31% of the crop respectively.

"Harvest figures...show additional rapid progress in fall harvest in the western Midwest, with much slower progress in the eastern half of the Midwest due to last weeks significant rain," Solberg said Monday. "The system this week should not bring major delays in the west, but in the east will keep fields wet and further slow fall harvest and fieldwork in many areas."

   

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