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Soybean Crop Stays In Fields and Conditions Worsen, USDA Says

Eastern Corn Belt farmers enjoy better harvest pace vs. western Corn Belt farmers.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A lot of the U.S. soybean crop remains in the fields and its condition is deteriorating, according to the USDA.


In its Weekly Crop Progress Report Monday, the USDA pegged the corn harvest at 39%, behind the trade’s expectation of 42% yet slightly ahead of the prior five-year average of 35%.

Corn-producing states in the eastern Corn Belt (CB) are way ahead of western CB farmers. While Illinois farmers have 71% of their corn picked vs. a 54% five-year average, Indiana farmers have 51% of the corn harvested vs. a 39% five-year average.

Meanwhile, Iowa farmers have only 17% of the corn picked vs. a 24 five-year average. And Nebraska farmers have 25% of their farm out of the fields vs. a 25% five-year average.

USDA rated the U.S. corn as 68% good/excellent, equal to a week ago.




Soybean collection was 38% complete, well behind a 53% five-year average, and below the trade’s expectations of 40%.

USDA rated the U.S. soybean crop at 66% good/excellent vs. a 68% rating a week ago.



Winter wheat was 65% planted, below a 67% five-year average. The USDA said 44% of the winter wheat crop has emerged, ahead of a 41% five-year average.

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