Ag Weather Forum

Harvest Lags, But Moves On

Mike Palmerino
By  Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist
For only the sixth time since the mid-1990s, U.S. corn harvest is less than three-quarters complete by Nov. 5. (DTN photo by Pam Smith)

Corn harvest progress in Minnesota and Iowa in this week's crop report improved to nine-to-12 days behind normal from last week's 14-to-15 days behind normal. This was accomplished in spite of some accumulating snow in Minnesota and a series of light precipitation events across northern and eastern Iowa. The North Dakota harvest was affected by six-to-12 inches of accumulating snow. Wet weather in the eastern Midwest, especially Indiana and Ohio, also slowed the harvest.

The outlook for this week looks about the same as last week, which should allow some harvest progress, but it will still remain behind normal. The eastern Midwest will be wetter than the west. It is certainly possible that harvest progress in the western Midwest could push ahead of the progress in Indiana and Ohio.

In South America, we continue to see the return to a more normal rainfall pattern in central Brazil. This favors soybean planting and development. However, due to the late planting caused by hot/dry weather during October, the harvest will be later than normal. This could affect second crop corn acreage. Overall, Brazil soybeans are 43% planted. The areas with double-crop corn (safrinha) are behind on planting. Southern Brazil remains wet, and that is likely having some impact on planting.

Weather conditions remain quite favorable for corn and soybean planting and development in Argentina.

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