Harvest is less than 50% complete in 5 top corn growing states
Five top corn growing states still have more than 50% of their respective corn crop to harvest, according to Monday’s USDA Crop Progress Report. Here’s a closer look at delayed crop progress in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, and Ohio.
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Pennsylvania farmers have harvested just 20% of the state’s corn for grain crop, a gain of just 3% from the week prior. The five-year average for this time of year is 42% harvested.
Lagging corn maturity may be to blame, in part. USDA reported 90% of Pennsylvania corn is mature compared with 98% last year and the five-year average of 94%.
Precipitation totaling more than 2 inches in the northwest and southeast corners of the state during the reporting period may have delayed harvest progress as well. Overall, USDA reported 6 days suitable for fieldwork the week ending Oct. 23.
The Northeast Regional Field Office of NASS reported Pennsylvania corn condition to be 1% very poor, 4% poor, 30% fair, 48% good, and 17% excellent.
Soybean harvest also trails the average pace significantly. Just 20% of the state’s crop has been cut, compared to 40% last year and the five-year average of 52%.
Soybean condition was rated 1% very poor, 9% poor, 30% fair, 46% good, and 14% excellent.
Winter wheat planting progress is a staggering 27% behind the five-year average. Just 45% of this year’s crop is in the ground. Last year at this time 65% of Pennsylvania’s winter wheat had been planted.
Winter wheat condition was rated 1% very poor, 3% poor, 30% fair, 60% good, and 6% excellent.
Corn harvest is 22% complete in Wisconsin. Last year at this time 46% of the crop was out of the field. The five-year average is 29%.
At 96% Wisconsin corn maturity is ahead of the 89% five-year average, so that’s unlikely to be the cause of the delayed harvest. USDA reported 5.6 days were suitable for fieldwork the week ending Oct. 23.
Corn that remains in the field was rated 1% very poor, 4% poor, 18% fair, 55% good, and 22% excellent on Monday.
Michigan farmers have harvested 30% of the state’s corn for grain crop. At this time last year, corn harvest was 45% complete. The five-year average is 33%.
Cool weather and a mix of snow and rain stalled harvest early last week. By week’s end, temperatures jumped and producers continued to make progress harvesting, according to Marlo D. Johnson, Director of NASS’ Great Lakes Regional Office. There were just 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Oct. 23.
Corn that remains in the field was rated 1% very poor, 4% poor, 28% fair, 51% good, and 16% excellent.
Grain corn harvest is 32% complete in Colorado. Last year at this time, farmers had harvested 56% of the state’s corn crop. The five-year average is 46%.
At 97%, Colorado corn maturity is ahead of the 95% five-year average. Precipitation in western counties limited some harvest activity. Overall, USDA said there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork the week ending Oct. 23.
Corn that remains in the field was rated 18% very poor, 22% poor, 35% fair, 23% good, and 2% excellent.
Ohio farmers have harvested 36% of their corn for grain. At this time last year, harvest progress was reported at 39%. The five-year average is 38%
Corn maturity is right on pace with the five-year average at 91%. Last year 99% of Ohio corn was mature at this time.
Due to drier-than-average conditions combined with high winds, red flag warnings were issued in some southwestern counties. Some farmers spent extra time moving water or tillage equipment to fields. Overall, USDA reported 5.7 days were suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Oct. 23.
Corn that remains in the field was rated 3% very poor, 10% poor, 27% fair, 48% good, and 12% excellent.