Harvest Remains Behind Five-Year Pace
DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. farmers inched forward with harvest of corn and soybeans over last week but the pace remains well behind the five-year average.
In its weekly Crop Progress Report Tuesday, the USDA pegged the U.S. corn harvest at 22% complete as of Sunday, October 13 vs. a 36% five-year average.
The overall condition of the corn crop is rated at 55% good to excellent in the top 18 corn producing states, vs. 56% a week ago.
Also, 96% of the corn has entered the dent stage vs. a 100% five-year average.
USDA rated the crop in the mature stage at 73% vs. 92% five-year average.
The amount of soybeans harvested equal 26% of the crop, slightly more than half of the 49% five-year average.
The nation’s crop is rated 54% good/excellent compared with 53% a week ago.
The USDA pegged the amount of soybeans dropping leaves at 85% vs. a five-year average of 93%.