This article was originally posted at 3:04 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 21. It was last updated at 3:36 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 21.
OMAHA (DTN) -- After starting out ahead of normal, the U.S. corn harvest fell slightly behind the five-year average by the end of last week, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday.
NASS estimated that, as of Sunday, Sept. 20, 8% of U.S. corn had been harvested, 2 percentage points behind the average pace of 10%. This was despite corn development continuing to run ahead of average with 95% of the crop dented, ahead of the average of 90%, and 59% of the crop mature, 10 percentage points ahead of the average of 49%.
"Texas corn was 69% harvested and Midwestern states are just getting started," noted DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.
NASS estimated that 61% of the corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, up 1 percentage point from 60% the previous week.
"In general, crop ratings get less attention this time of year after the September WASDE report already provided a yield estimate based on field data," Hultman said.
In its first soybean harvest report of the season, NASS estimated that 6% of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, ahead of 2% last year and equal to the five-year average. Like corn, soybean development continued ahead of normal with 59% of the crop dropping leaves, 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 50%.
"Ten percent of soybeans in Nebraska were harvested, and 7% of Minnesota and Iowa soybeans were harvested, leading most other Midwestern states," Hultman said.
The condition of soybeans remained unchanged at 63% good-to-excellent.
Spring wheat harvest inched toward completion last week, moving ahead 4 percentage points to reach 96% complete as of Sunday, still equal to the five-year average.
Meanwhile, winter wheat planting continued to run slightly ahead of the normal pace, at 20% complete as of Sunday compared to the average of 19%. Three percent of winter wheat had emerged, 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 2%.
"Kansas is 14% done planting winter wheat, while Nebraska is 40% planted -- slightly below the average," noted DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.
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|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves||59||37||29||50|
|Spring Wheat Harvested||96||92||84||96|
|Winter Wheat Planted||20||10||18||19|
|Winter Wheat Emerged||3||NA||2||2|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||57||47||61||55|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
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