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Harvest Accelerates as Dry Weather Allows Farmers Into Fields

Corn 24% Harvested as of Sunday, Bean Collection 26% Complete.

Farmers took advantage of dry weather in the Midwest last week to speed up collection of corn and beans, and to accelerate planting of winter varieties, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The corn crop was 24% harvested as of Sunday, up from 15% the prior week, the USDA said. That's still behind the 27% average pace for this week in the past five years. Soybeans were 26% collected, up from 10% last week and still behind the 27% five-year average, according to the government. 

In Iowa, corn was only 10% harvested, almost half the normal amount for this time of year, while soybeans were 21% harvested, behind the five-year average of 26%, the USDA said. In Illinois, growers were 43% completed with the corn harvest, ahead of the 38% pace, but only 16% finished collecting soybeans, behind the normal pace. 

Winter wheat in the U.S. was 43% planted as of October 2, just behind the average pace of 45%, the government said. In Kansas, the biggest producer of winter wheat, 40% of seeding was finished, double the prior week but still just behind the five-year average of 43%. 

Some 73% of the U.S. corn crop was rated good or excellent as of Sunday, down a point from the prior week, the USDA said. Soybeans were the opposite, with 74% earning top ratings this week vs. 73% the prior week, government data show. 

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