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Corn Harvest Continues to Trail Average Pace
As of Sunday, only 28% of the U.S. corn crop had been harvested, moving up just 6% from last week’s USDA Crop Progress Report. This is significantly behind the five-year average of 47%.
Iowa, the nation’s top corn growing state, has only harvested 13% of corn acres compared with a five-year average of 41%. Minnesota farmers are also falling behind with 7% complete vs. the 38% average.
However, some states have been able to combine corn at closer to their average pace. Missouri has 60% of its corn out of the field vs. a 73% average, and Indiana farmers have completed 34% of corn harvest vs. a 46% five-year average.
Corn condition has moved up slightly to 65% in good to excellent condition compared to 64% last week.
Soybean harvest is moving along more quickly than corn harvest with 49% complete, up from 36% last week. This is still behind the five-year average of 60%.
Soybean harvest is moving along faster than normal in Illinois with 63% complete vs. the 58% average. Indiana is right on pace with 52% complete.
Just like corn harvest, Iowa and Minnesota’s soybean harvests are dragging along with 32% done in Iowa vs. a 66% average and 45% in Minnesota vs. a 82% average.
The crop condition rating for soybeans is unchanged from last week with 61% in good to excellent condition.
Winter wheat planting is moving along with 60% complete, up from 48% last week but still trailing the 71% five-year average.
In Kansas, the biggest producer of winter varieties in the U.S., 42% was planted compared with the average of 75%, the USDA said.