USDA: Corn Harvest Pace Slows, Soybeans Degrade
DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com)—The U.S. corn harvest falls behind, while the soybean crop condition ratings worsen, according to the USDA Monday.
In its Weekly Crop Progress Report, the USDA pegged the U.S. soybean crop’s good/excellent rating dropped from 63% a week ago to 61% this week. Also, 35% of the nation’s soybeans are in the “dropping” stage, compared with a 31% five-year average.
For corn, the nation’s crop is 5% harvested vs. 9% five-year average. At 68% good/excellent, the condition of the corn remains the same as last week. By state, Iowa’s corn is excelling with an 80% good/excellent rating, while Illinois’s corn is rated at 55% and Indiana at 47%.
The USDA pegged the U.S. spring wheat harvest as 97% complete, while the U.S. winter wheat planting is 9% finished.