Not Much Corn Picking Going On, USDA Reports
DES MOINES, Iowa -- U.S. farmers continue to see their combines sitting idle, because either the crop isn’t ready or the fields are too wet.
In its weekly Crop Progress Report, the USDA pegged the U.S. corn harvest at 11% complete vs. an 19% five-year average.
The overall condition of the corn crop is rated at 57% good to excellent in the top 18 corn producing states, vs. 57% a week ago.
Also, 88% of the corn has entered the dent stage vs. a 98% five-year average.
USDA rated the crop in the mature stage at 43% vs. 73% five-year average.
The amount of soybeans harvested equal 7% of the crop, below a 20% five-year average.
The nation’s crop is rated 55% good/excellent compared with 54% a week ago.
The USDA pegged the amount of soybeans dropping leaves at 55% vs. a five-year average of 76%.