Corn, Bean Harvest Pace Surprisingly Fast Considering Rain
The pace of U.S. corn and soybean collection was surprisingly fast considering how much rain has fallen in the Midwest during the past week.
The corn harvest was 34% finished at the start of the week, up from 26% a week earlier and still well ahead of the prior five-year average of 26%, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report that was delayed due to Columbus Day. The harvest moved forward by 8 percentage points vs. 10 points in the previous seven days.
Soybean collection was 32% complete, up from 23% a week earlier. The 9-point advance was on par with the prior week’s move, according to government data. About 36% of soybeans were harvested by this week, on average, in the past five years.
As much as six times the normal amount of rain has fallen in the past two weeks in a wide swath of land stretching from west Texas northeast to northern Wisconsin, National Weather Service maps show.
Rainfall in the hardest-hit areas are expected to abate as the weekend nears, giving some areas a chance to dry out.
“Drier weather in the northern and western areas later this week should allow wetness and harvest delays to finally ease a bit,” Radiant Solutions’ Don Keeney said in a report on Tuesday. In the Delta, dry weather will prevail starting Thursday when fieldwork should again advance, he said.
About 93% of the corn crop was mature as of Sunday, up from 86% a week earlier. The average for this time of year was 83%, the USDA said. Some 91% of soybeans were dropping leaves, up from 83% seven days earlier and ahead of the 85% average for this time of year.
Sorghum growers were 39% finished with their harvest, up from 34% a week earlier but behind the five-year average of 42%, according to the government. About 73% of the crop was mature, up from 62% a week earlier and just ahead of the average of 72%.
Winter wheat was 57% planted, up from 43% a week earlier and ahead of the five-year average of 54%, the USDA said.