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Expect more big harvest strides

Jeff Caldwell 10/17/2011 @ 9:46am Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Though a lot of corn and soybeans were harvested over the last week, it won't beat the record for soybean harvest, at least, the previous week because of showers around the eastern Corn Belt that will likely continue sporadically through the next week to 10 days.

A week ago, farmers made record strides with soybean harvest, but progress was still slightly below the previous average. At the same time, corn harvest was slightly ahead of the normal pace. A week later, look for progress to surpass the previous average pace for both crops, according to Freese-Notis Weather, Inc., ag meteorologist Craig Solberg.

"My own thoughts are that the national soybean harvest progress figure this afternoon will come in at 67%, which compares with 81% done a year ago and a five-year average of 61%," Solberg says. "For corn, I would look for the national corn harvest progress figure to be 44%, versus 66% last year and a 5-year average of 41%. This is going to be a big harvest week for the western Corn Belt."

Also of note to this week's weather outlook are temperatures that will be falling rapidly as this week advances, according to Monday's Commodity Weather Group (CWG) Ag QUICKsheet. Though a frost is likely in much of the Midwest, it's too late to be of much harm.

"Frost in the latter 1/2 of this week will be of no impact to Midwest crops at this late date. Showers will also pick up in the Southeast and northern Delta this week," according to CWG on Monday. "However, rains do ease again in the 6 to 15 day period, and the expected showers will benefit drier soft wheat areas in the Delta and southwestern Midwest."

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