USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

Corn 8% Harvested, Soybeans 6% Harvested

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By  Anthony Greder , DTN Managing Editor
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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.

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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.

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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
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Dented 95 89 76 90
Corn Mature 59 41 26 49
Corn Harvested 8 5 6 10
Soybeans Dropping Leaves 59 37 29 50
Soybeans Harvested 6 NA 2 6
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
Cotton Harvested 11 6 10 10
Sorghum Coloring 92 85 87 89
Sorghum Mature 51 39 40 48
Sorghum Harvested 27 23 25 29
Rice Harvested 47 34 55 59

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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 9 25 47 14 5 10 25 46 14 3 10 30 46 11
Soybean 3 7 27 51 12 3 8 26 50 13 3 10 33 45 9
Cotton 9 18 28 35 10 7 20 28 36 9 3 16 42 32 7
Rice 1 4 21 56 18 1 4 23 56 16 1 5 25 47 22
Sorghum 5 11 33 40 11 6 11 31 40 12 2 6 27 51 14

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