This article was originally posted at 3:07 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 13. It was last updated at 3:54 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 13.
OMAHA (DTN) -- The U.S. corn crop has consistently developed at a near- to slightly ahead-of-average pace throughout this growing season, and, so far, harvest also appears to be kicking off at a near-average pace, USDA NASS' said in its weekly national Crop Progress report Monday.
In its first national corn harvest report of the season, NASS estimated that 4% of the crop had been harvested as of Sunday, Sept. 12, 1 percentage point behind both last year's 5% and the five-year average of 5%.
Meanwhile, the portion of the crop remaining in fields continued to reach maturity slightly ahead of normal. NASS estimated that 87% of corn was dented as of Sunday, 6 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 81%, and 37% of the crop was mature, also 6 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 31%.
The condition of corn still in fields slid again last week, dropping 1 percentage point from 59% good to excellent as of Sunday, Sept. 5, to 58% good to excellent on Sunday, Sept. 12. That is the fifth-lowest good-to-excellent rating for the crop at this time in the past 12 years, noted DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.
"That portion of the crop rated poor to very poor rose 1 point to 15%," Mantini said.
As with corn, soybeans also continued to mature at a faster-than-average pace last week. NASS pegged soybeans dropping leaves at 38%, 3 percentage points ahead of last year and 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 29%.
"Fifty-seven percent of the soybean crop was rated good to excellent, unchanged from the previous week and tied with 2011 for the fourth-lowest rating in the past 12 years," Mantini said. "The poor-to-very-poor portion of the crop was unchanged at 14%."
Winter wheat planting also continued ahead of normal last week, with NASS estimating 12% of the crop had been planted as of Sunday, 7 percentage points ahead of last year and 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 8%.
The following are some other highlights from this week's Crop Progress report:
Sorghum coloring was pegged at 83%, 3 percentage points ahead of the average. Sorghum mature was 39%, 1 percentage point ahead of average. Sorghum harvested was 21%, 4 percentage points behind average.
Cotton setting bolls was 96%, 3 percentage points behind the average pace. Cotton bolls opening was 36%, 7 percentage points behind the average. Cotton condition was rated 64% good to excellent, up 3 percentage points from the previous week.
Rice harvested was 40%, 3 percentage points behind the average pace.
Barley was 97% harvested, 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.
To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/…. Look for the U.S. map in the "Find Data and Reports by" section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state's "Crop Progress & Condition" report.
|National Crop Progress Summary|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves||38||18||35||29|
|Winter Wheat Planted||12||5||9||8|
|Cotton Setting Bolls||96||94||99||99|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||36||29||46||43|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
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