Latest crop ratings for corn and soybeans in the Midwest remain quite high, except in Ohio which suffered from drought during the growing season. In fact, soybean ratings actually improved a bit in most states.
The drier weather in the western Midwest last week was very welcome allowing for improved harvest conditions. Producers are concentrating more on soybeans than corn in the western Midwest at this time which is normal.
There are still some comments regarding the wet weather during September that is keeping some fields wet in Minnesota. This has led to some white mold in soybeans and some poor corn stalk quality. North Dakota reports that wet weather in August and September has slowed the harvest in northeast portions of the state with some fields possibly not getting harvested. Indiana is reporting some ear stalk rot and mold along with high grain moisture making artificial drying necessary.
On the positive side, drier weather during the past week has dropped grain moisture levels for harvesting in Nebraska, while in Illinois some producers have finished harvesting.
The outlook for this week calls for some harvest disruptions from rain events in the western Midwest, while harvest weather is mostly favorable in the east. The six-to-10-day outlook calls for near to above-normal temperatures and mostly below-normal rainfall, which will be quite favorable for the harvest.
Winter wheat planting continues to make good progress in the Southern plains and is picking up in the southeast Midwest and Delta. Soil moisture is generally favorable for crop establishment in most of the Southern Plains with only Colorado commenting that its crops need more moisture. The Delta states have turned quite dry recently, which has favored harvesting but will slow winter wheat planting.
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