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Corn Harvest Now 70% Finished, Soybeans Still Slightly Behind Average Pace
The corn harvest was still well behind the normal pace for this time of year and soybean collection narrowly trailed the average, according to a weekly report on Monday.
Growers were 70% finished with the corn harvest as of Sunday, ahead of 54% a week earlier but well behind the prior five-year average of 83%, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In Iowa, the corn harvest was 67% finished, up from 44% a week ago but behind the previous average of 84% for this week, the USDA said. In Illinois, some 83% was collected, up from 73% last week but trailing the normal pace of 91%.
Iowa and Illinois are the two biggest growers of corn and soybeans.
The U.S. soybean harvest, meanwhile, was 90% finished, up from 83% a week ago and still behind the average of 91%, the USDA said in today’s report.
Soybeans in Iowa were 92% collected as of Sunday, ahead of last week’s 83% but still trailing the average of 96% for the week, according to the government. Illinois producers also were 92% finished with collection, trailing the average of 94% but ahead of last week’s 84%, according to the USDA.
Little to no rainfall in the past seven days from eastern Nebraska to parts of central Illinois and south into east Texas, allowing growers in the area to get into their fields, according to National Weather Service maps. The eastern Corn Belt, however, saw as much as six times normal amounts of precipitation in the past week.
The Midwest is expected to be drier this week, though delays are still expected in much of the eastern quarter of the Belt, Commodity Weather Group said in a forecast on Monday.