USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

Corn, Soybean Conditions Fall Again; Corn Harvest Underway

Anthony Greder
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This article was originally posted at 3:07 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 14. It was last updated at 3:52 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 14.

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OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn and soybean conditions declined again last week as corn harvest got underway, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday.

NASS estimated that 60% of the nation's corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, Sept. 13, down another 1 percentage point from 61% the previous week. The crop's current good-to-excellent rating is still tied for the fifth highest in the past 10 years. The portion of the crop rated very poor to poor rose by 1 point to 15%.

"Iowa corn condition was rated 43% good to excellent and 27% very poor to poor," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "The corn good-to-excellent rating for Nebraska was 61%, Illinois 72%, Minnesota 76% and Wisconsin 78%."

NASS estimated that 89% of corn was dented, 7 percentage points ahead of the average. Corn mature was estimated at 41%, 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

In its first corn harvest report of the season, NASS estimated that 5% of the crop had been harvested as of Sunday, slightly ahead of 3% last year at the same time and equal to the five-year average.

The condition of soybeans also slipped slightly again last week. NASS estimated that 63% of the nation's soybean crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sept. 13, down 2 percentage points from the previous week. The crop's current good-to-excellent rating is the fourth highest in 10 years.

"Iowa soybeans were rated 48% good to excellent and 20% very poor to poor, while Nebraska's crop was rated 64% good to excellent and 15% very poor to poor," Mantini said. "Minnesota and Wisconsin soybeans are still highly rated at 77% and 79% good to excellent, respectively."

Soybeans dropping leaves jumped ahead 17 percentage points last week to reach 37% as of Sunday, 6 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

Spring wheat harvest continued to make steady progress again last week, moving ahead another 10 percentage points to reach 92% complete as of Sunday, now equal to the five-year average.

"North Dakota spring wheat is 90% harvested, and Washington is now the slowest at 87%," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

Meanwhile, winter wheat planting was ahead of the normal pace, at 10% complete as of Sunday compared to the average of 8%.

"Washington is 44% planted, Colorado is at 30% and South Dakota is at 20% planted," Hultman said. "Kansas, the largest winter wheat producer, was 2% planted."

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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
ThisLastLast5-Year
WeekWeekYearAvg.
Corn Dented89796482
Corn Mature41251632
Corn Harvested5NA35
Soybeans Dropping Leaves37201331
Spring Wheat Harvested92827592
Winter Wheat Planted10568
Cotton Bolls Opening47375145
Cotton Harvested6NA88
Sorghum Coloring85747581
Sorghum Mature39293239
Sorghum Harvested23212326
Barley Harvested95858694
Rice Harvested34264147

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This WeekLast WeekLast Year
VPPFGEVPPFGEVPPFGE
Corn51025461459254615410314411
Soybean382650133725521341032459
Cotton7202836911162836931442347
Rice142356161318611715254722
Sorghum61131401261134371216285114

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