USDA Crop Progress Report

4% of US Corn Crop Harvested, USDA NASS Says in Weekly Crop Progress Report

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This article was originally posted at 3:07 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 13. It was last updated at 3:54 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 13.

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OMAHA (DTN) -- The U.S. corn crop has consistently developed at a near- to slightly ahead-of-average pace throughout this growing season, and, so far, harvest also appears to be kicking off at a near-average pace, USDA NASS' said in its weekly national Crop Progress report Monday.

In its first national corn harvest report of the season, NASS estimated that 4% of the crop had been harvested as of Sunday, Sept. 12, 1 percentage point behind both last year's 5% and the five-year average of 5%.

Meanwhile, the portion of the crop remaining in fields continued to reach maturity slightly ahead of normal. NASS estimated that 87% of corn was dented as of Sunday, 6 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 81%, and 37% of the crop was mature, also 6 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 31%.

The condition of corn still in fields slid again last week, dropping 1 percentage point from 59% good to excellent as of Sunday, Sept. 5, to 58% good to excellent on Sunday, Sept. 12. That is the fifth-lowest good-to-excellent rating for the crop at this time in the past 12 years, noted DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

"That portion of the crop rated poor to very poor rose 1 point to 15%," Mantini said.

As with corn, soybeans also continued to mature at a faster-than-average pace last week. NASS pegged soybeans dropping leaves at 38%, 3 percentage points ahead of last year and 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 29%.

"Fifty-seven percent of the soybean crop was rated good to excellent, unchanged from the previous week and tied with 2011 for the fourth-lowest rating in the past 12 years," Mantini said. "The poor-to-very-poor portion of the crop was unchanged at 14%."

Winter wheat planting also continued ahead of normal last week, with NASS estimating 12% of the crop had been planted as of Sunday, 7 percentage points ahead of last year and 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 8%.

The following are some other highlights from this week's Crop Progress report:

Sorghum coloring was pegged at 83%, 3 percentage points ahead of the average. Sorghum mature was 39%, 1 percentage point ahead of average. Sorghum harvested was 21%, 4 percentage points behind average.

Cotton setting bolls was 96%, 3 percentage points behind the average pace. Cotton bolls opening was 36%, 7 percentage points behind the average. Cotton condition was rated 64% good to excellent, up 3 percentage points from the previous week.

Rice harvested was 40%, 3 percentage points behind the average pace.

Barley was 97% harvested, 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

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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 87 74 88 81
Corn Mature 37 21 39 31
Corn Harvested 4 NA 5 5
Soybeans Dropping Leaves 38 18 35 29
Winter Wheat Planted 12 5 9 8
Cotton Setting Bolls 96 94 99 99
Cotton Bolls Opening 36 29 46 43
Cotton Harvested 5 NA 6 8
Sorghum Coloring 83 73 83 80
Sorghum Mature 39 32 38 38
Sorghum Harvested 21 19 23 25
Barley Harvested 97 92 94 93
Rice Harvested 40 28 33 43

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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 10 27 44 14 4 10 27 45 14 5 10 25 46 14
Soybeans 4 10 29 45 12 4 10 29 46 11 3 8 26 50 13
Cotton 1 5 30 50 14 1 6 32 50 11 7 20 28 36 9
Sorghum 4 10 29 47 10 3 10 30 47 10 6 11 31 40 12
Rice 1 3 22 59 15 1 3 21 60 15 1 4 23 56 16

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