USDA Crop Progress Report

Wet Weather Slowed Corn, Soybean Harvest Last Week, According to Latest USDA Crop Progress Report

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This article was originally posted at 3:05 p.m. CDT on Monday, Nov. 1. It was last updated at 3:37 p.m. CDT on Monday, Nov. 1.


OMAHA (DTN) -- Widespread precipitation across the U.S. slowed the row-crop harvest last week, with soybean harvest falling behind the five-year average pace by week's end, USDA NASS said in its weekly national Crop Progress report Monday.

Following a 13-percentage-point gain the previous week, the nation's soybean harvest progressed only 6 percentage points last week to reach 79% complete as of Sunday, Oct. 31. With that slowdown, harvest is now 7 percentage points behind last year's 86% and 2 percentage points behind the five-year average of 81%.

"Minnesota leads the way at 98% soybeans harvested," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "Iowa is 88% harvested, while Illinois lags at 75% versus an 86% average."

The corn harvest was also slowed by wet weather last week, though progress managed to stay ahead of the average pace. Following a 14-percentage-point jump the previous week, corn harvest moved ahead just 8 percentage points last week to reach 74% complete as of Sunday. That is 7 percentage points behind last year's pace but 8 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 66%.

"Illinois corn is 81% harvested, Iowa is 70% finished, Nebraska is 72% and Minnesota is 83% done," Mantini said.

While the row-crop harvest slowed last week, winter wheat planting moved slightly ahead of the average pace, reaching 87% complete as of Sunday, 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 86%. Winter wheat emerged, pegged at 67%, was just 1 percentage points behind the five-year average of 68%.

"Illinois, Indiana and Ohio continue to lag the winter wheat planting averages at 70%, 75% and 80% done," Mantini said.

NASS estimated the crop's condition at 45% good to excellent, down 1 percentage point from 46% the previous week but up from 43% a year ago.

"In Kansas, the largest winter wheat-producing state, 62% of the crop was rated good to excellent, down 1 point," Mantini said. "Illinois' crop is rated at 86% good to excellent."

The following are some other highlights from this week's Crop Progress report:

Sorghum harvested was 80%, 10 percentage points ahead of average.

Cotton bolls opening was 94%, 1 percentage point behind the average. Cotton harvested was 45%, 3 percentage points behind the average. Cotton condition was rated 62% good to excellent, down 2 percentage points from 64% the previous week.


To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit…. 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
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Harvested 74 66 81 66
Soybeans Harvested 79 73 86 81
Winter Wheat Planted 87 80 88 86
Winter Wheat Emerged 67 55 70 68
Cotton Bolls Opening 94 91 98 95
Cotton Harvested 45 35 51 48
Sorghum Harvested 80 71 81 70


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wheat 7 14 34 40 5 7 13 34 40 6 6 13 38 37 6
Cotton - 5 33 49 13 1 5 30 48 16 6 28 29 29 8

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