Corn and soybean harvest finally ahead
The USDA released its 28th Crop Progress report of the growing season Tuesday afternoon. These reports run weekly through the end of November and look at the progress and condition of various crops on a national and state-by-state scale.
As of Oct. 9, 87% of corn has reached maturity, slightly higher than the five-year average of 85%.
Thirty-one percent has been harvested, 1% ahead of the five-year average.
In the top 18 corn-growing states, crop condition was rated 54% good/excellent, up 2% from last week.
USDA’s report noted 91% of soybeans are dropping leaves, ahead of the five-year average of 88%.
Soybean harvest is 44% complete, surpassing the five-year average of 38%.
Soybean crop condition was rated 57% good/excellent, up 2% from last week.
Fifty-five percent of winter wheat is planted, behind the five-year average of 58%.
Twenty-six percent of winter wheat has emerged, behind the five-year average of 32%.
About the report: Crop progress and condition estimates are based on survey data collected each week from early April through the end of November, according to the USDA. The non-probability crop progress and condition surveys include input from approximately 3,600 respondents whose occupations provide them opportunities to make visual observations and frequently bring them in contact with farmers in their counties. Most respondents complete the questionnaire on Friday or early Monday morning and submit them to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) field offices in their states by mail, telephone, fax, email, or through a secured internet website. A small number of reports are completed on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Regardless of when questionnaires are completed, respondents are asked to report for the entire week ending on Sunday, according to the Crop Progress Report.