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Rain Keeps Corn, Soybean Harvests Well Behind Average Pace
The U.S. corn and soybean harvests are still behind pace as rainfall in the past week kept growers out of fields.
About 22% of the U.S. corn crop was harvested as of Sunday vs. 17% last week and the prior five-year average of 37%, the Department of Agriculture said in a report today.
In Iowa, only 8% was collected, up from 6% last week, but well behind the average of 28% for this time of year. Some 38% of the Illinois crop was in the bin vs. 21% seven days earlier and the average of 52%, the USDA said.
Some 64% of the crop was rated good or excellent compared with 63% last week, the USDA said.
Soybean collection nationally was 36% complete vs. 22% a week ago and the five-year average of 43%, according to the government.
Iowa growers were 26% finished with the harvest vs. last week’s 16% and the average of 45%, while Illinois producers were 52% done against 30% the prior week and the normal 41%.
As much as six times the normal amount of rain has fallen in much of the Midwest in the past seven days, according to the National Weather Service. That’s kept farmers from accelerating the harvest.
About 61% of the U.S. soybean crop was rated good or excellent this week vs. 60% seven days earlier.
About 48% of the U.S. winter wheat crop was planted as of Sunday, up from 36% last week but behind the five-year average of 58%. At the same time last year, 57% of the crop was in the ground.
In Kansas, the biggest producer of winter varieties in the U.S., 27% was planted compared with the average of 59%, the USDA said.