USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

Corn, Soybean Conditions Fall Again; Corn Harvest Underway

Anthony Greder
By  Anthony Greder , DTN Managing Editor
Connect with Anthony:
(DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

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.

**

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."

**

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
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Dented 89 79 64 82
Corn Mature 41 25 16 32
Corn Harvested 5 NA 3 5
Soybeans Dropping Leaves 37 20 13 31
Spring Wheat Harvested 92 82 75 92
Winter Wheat Planted 10 5 6 8
Cotton Bolls Opening 47 37 51 45
Cotton Harvested 6 NA 8 8
Sorghum Coloring 85 74 75 81
Sorghum Mature 39 29 32 39
Sorghum Harvested 23 21 23 26
Barley Harvested 95 85 86 94
Rice Harvested 34 26 41 47

**

National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Corn 5 10 25 46 14 5 9 25 46 15 4 10 31 44 11
Soybean 3 8 26 50 13 3 7 25 52 13 4 10 32 45 9
Cotton 7 20 28 36 9 11 16 28 36 9 3 14 42 34 7
Rice 1 4 23 56 16 1 3 18 61 17 1 5 25 47 22
Sorghum 6 11 31 40 12 6 11 34 37 12 1 6 28 51 14

Anthony Greder

Anthony Greder
Connect with Anthony: