Corn Harvest Only 30% Complete, USDA Says
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A lot of U.S. crops remain in the fields, according to Monday’s USDA Crop Progress Report.
Many farmers continue to wait on the sidelines to get into the fields. With freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, and high winds hitting the northern Plains, the corn in North Dakota is only 4% harvested. South Dakota corn farmers have picked 9%, while Minnesota farmers have completed just 11% of their harvest.
Iowa farmers have only 15% of their corn out of the fields, while Illinois and Indiana growers’ activity ranks in the 30s’ percentile range.
In its weekly Crop Progress Report, the USDA pegged the U.S. corn harvest at 30% complete, up just 8 points from a week ago and below the 47% five-year average.
The overall condition of the corn crop is rated at 56% good to excellent in the top 18 corn producing states vs. 55% a week ago and 68% a year ago.
The amount of soybeans harvested totaled 46%, below a 64% five-year average.
The nation’s crop is rated 54% good/excellent compared with 54% a week ago.
The USDA pegged the amount of soybeans dropping leaves at 94% vs. a five-year average of 97%.