USDA Crop Progress

Final Report of Season Shows Row-Crop Harvest, Winter Wheat Planting Behind Average

Anthony Greder
By  Anthony Greder , DTN Managing Editor
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OMAHA (DTN) -- The nation's row-crop harvest and winter wheat planting made little headway last week and remained behind the five-year average pace as of Sunday, Nov. 25, USDA's National Ag Statistics Service said in its final weekly Crop Progress report of the season on Monday.

Corn harvest progressed only 4 percentage points to end last week at 94% complete. That's equal to last year's pace of 94% complete but was 2 percentage points behind the five-year average of 96%. States that are still slower than usual harvesting corn included the Dakotas, Pennsylvania and Ohio, noted DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman

Meanwhile, 94% of the nation's soybeans were harvested as of Sunday, up just 3 percentage points from the previous week. Harvest is still 4 percentage points behind the five-year average of 98%.

"It is no surprise that Missouri is only 85% finished and Arkansas is 88% complete," Hultman said. "The southeastern Midwest and Ohio are also showing difficulty getting the final 10% to 20% of their crops out."

Winter wheat progress also remained behind average last week. Ninety-five percent of the crop was planted as of Sunday, up just 2 percentage points from the previous week, behind last year's 99% and also behind the five-year average of 99%. Winter wheat emerged, at 86%, was behind both last year's pace of 91% and the average pace of 92%. Kansas was 96% planted, Missouri was 89% and Arkansas was 85% planted as of Sunday, Hultman noted.

NASS estimated 55% of the nation's winter wheat was in good-to-excellent condition, down 1 percentage point from 56% the previous week but up from 50% last year at this time.

Eighty-nine percent of the sorghum crop was harvested as of Sunday, behind 94% last year and 5 percentage points behind the five-year average of 94%.

Seventy percent of cotton was harvested, behind last year's 78% and also behind the average pace of 77%.

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.

USDA NASS will resume its weekly national Crop Progress reports in April 2019. Some individual states continue to issue weekly or monthly reports throughout the winter.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Harvested 94 90 94 96
Soybeans Harvested 94 91 99 98
Winter Wheat Planted 95 93 99 99
Winter Wheat Emerged 86 81 91 92
Cotton Harvested 70 59 78 77
Sorghum Harvested 89 80 94 94


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wheat 3 10 32 45 10 2 9 33 46 10 3 9 38 43 7

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