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Evening Edition | Monday, October 24

In this Evening Edition, read about current crop progress, U.S. imports and exports, and drought conditions.

Crop Progress

Editor Cassidy Walter covers the USDA's Crop Progress report this week.

Corn harvest leapt over 15 points from last week to 61% complete. The five-year average for this point in the season is 52%. Soybean harvest is 80% complete, well ahead of the five-year average of 67%.

See the maps, winter wheat progress, and topsoil moisture in the article linked below.

XtremeAg farmer Chad Henderson is running wide open to finish harvest and wheat seeding in the next few weeks.

Lee Lubbers worries about moisture levels across his South Dakota wheat ground. He says, "Soybean harvest is done, and the wheat is all planted. It’s pretty much laying in dry ground waiting for a good shot of moisture. It will take a sizable amount of moisture since the ground is so dry."

Catch up on both of these farmers' activities in the article below.

U.S. Exports and Imports

Overall, U.S. agricultural imports from free trade agreement (FTA) partners grew more than sixfold, to $101.9 billion, from 1989 through 2020.

U.S. sales to FTA nations grew nearly six times larger, to $67.5 billion, during the same period. 

Read on for more about agriculture's share of global trade.

Drought Expansion

Dry conditions continued with the third week of October trending the 6th driest in more than 30 years for the Corn Belt, according to data from WeatherTrends360. 

While dry conditions thus far this harvest season have been favorable for harvest activities, there have been plenty of hazards associated with the dry conditions including expanding drought, low river flows, harvest-related fires, and shattering of soybeans.

See the upcoming forecast in the article linked below.

The European Union's crop monitoring service MARS on Monday reduced further its forecast for this year's drought-affected EU maize harvest but pointed to mostly favourable sowing conditions for winter cereals.

The downward revision, which followed a steeper cut last month, put MARS' yield forecast 20% below last year's level and 19% under the average of the previous five years.

Find out the projections for sugar beets, rapeseed, and more in this article.

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