USDA: Corn harvest over 3/4 complete
The United States Department of Agriculture released its 31st Crop Progress report of the growing season Monday afternoon. These reports run weekly through the end of November and look at the progress and condition of various crops on a national and state-by-state scale.
As of Oct. 30, 76% of the corn is harvested, far ahead of the five-year average 64%.
Soybean harvest is 88% complete. The five-year average for this point in the season is 78%.
This week, USDA reports 87% of winter wheat has been planted. This is up 8% from last week and slightly ahead the five-year average of 85%.
Winter wheat's emergence is at 62%, behind the five-year average of 66%.
Winter what condition is rated 28% good/excellent. Thirty-seven percent is rated fair. Thirty-five percent is rated poor/very poor. Last year at this time 45% was rated good/excellent.
TOP SOIL MOISTURE
According to USDA, 64% of the top soil in the 48 continental states is short or very short of moisture. This is down from 68% the week before.
About the report: Crop progress and condition estimates are based on survey data collected each week from early April through the end of November, according to the USDA. The non-probability crop progress and condition surveys include input from approximately 3,600 respondents whose occupations provide them opportunities to make visual observations and frequently bring them in contact with farmers in their counties. Most respondents complete the questionnaire on Friday or early Monday morning and submit them to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) field offices in their states by mail, telephone, fax, email, or through a secured internet website. A small number of reports are completed on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Regardless of when questionnaires are completed, respondents are asked to report for the entire week ending on Sunday, according to the Crop Progress Report.