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Corn and soybean harvest behind five-year average

The USDA released its 26th Crop Progress report of the growing season Monday 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 September 25, 92% of corn has reached the dented stage, slightly below the five-year average of 94%.

Fifty-eight percent is mature. The five-year average for this time is 61%.

Twelve percent has been harvested, behind the five-year average of 14%. 

In the top 18 corn growing states, crop condition was rated 52% good/excellent, reflecting no change from last week.

Corn Crop Condition September 26 2022


USDA’s report noted 63% of soybeans are dropping leaves, behind the five-year average of 65%. 

Just 8% of soybeans have been harvested. The five-year average for this time is 13%. 

Soybean crop condition was rated 55% good/excellent, reflecting no change from last week. 

Soybean Crop Condition September 26 2022


Spring wheat is 96% harvested in the top six producing states, only 1% shy of the five-year average.

Thirty-one percent of winter wheat is planted, ahead of the five-year average of 30%. 

Nine percent of winter wheat has emerged, ahead of the five-year average of 6%. 

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.

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