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The corn harvest is three-fourths finished, USDA reports

Corn farmers in Illinois are just barely above their five-year harvest average.

On Monday, the USDA’s Crop Progress Report shows a slowing harvest pace.

The U.S. corn crop is three-fourths finished, and the soybean harvest is even further along.

The nation’s corn harvest is slowing, while soybean cutting is behind its average, according to the USDA Crop Progress Report.


As of Sunday, the USDA pegged the U.S. corn harvest at 74% complete vs. a 66% five-year average.

The corn harvest in Illinois is 81% complete vs. its 80% five-year average. In Iowa, farmers have picked 70% of the crop, way ahead of its 61% five-year average. In Nebraska, corn farmers are 72% finished, above a five-year average of 63%.



As of Sunday, the USDA rated the nation’s soybean harvest at 79% complete vs. an 81% five-year average. 

In Indiana, the cutting of soybeans is 67% finished vs. an 82% five-year average. In Illinois, farmers are 75% finished vs. an 86% five-year average. In Nebraska, the soybean crop is 91% harvested vs. a 91% five-year average.



In its report Monday, the USDA rated the U.S. winter wheat crop as 87% planted vs. an 86% five-year average.

The winter wheat crop condition rating is pegged as 45% good/excellent vs. 46% a week ago.

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 report. “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. Based on standard definitions, these respondents subjectively estimate the progress of crops through various stages of development, as well as the progress of producer activities. They also provide subjective evaluations of crop conditions,” the USDA stated in its Monday report.

Most respondents complete their questionnaires 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 report.

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