USDA Crop Progress Report

Corn, Soybean Harvest Running at Near-Average Pace, According to USDA NASS Crop Progress Report

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This article was originally posted at 3:08 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 20. It was last updated at 3:49 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 20.

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OMAHA (DTN) -- While corn and soybeans are reaching maturity slightly ahead of normal this year, harvest of both crops so far is progressing at a close-to-average pace, USDA NASS' said in its weekly national Crop Progress report Monday.

In its first national soybean harvest report of the season, NASS estimated that 6% of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, Sept. 19, near 5% last year and equal to the five-year average.

"Most of the progress is in Southern states, but North Dakota soybeans are 11% harvested and Iowa is at 4%," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

For the rest of the crop, NASS estimated that 58% of soybeans were dropping leaves as of Sunday, 10 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 48%.

The condition of the soybean crop remaining in fields was pegged at 58% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from 57% the previous week but down from 63% a year ago.

After trailing 1 percentage point behind normal the previous week, corn harvest edged 1 percentage point ahead of average last week, coming in at 10% as of Sunday compared to the five-year average of 9%.

"Corn harvest activity has picked up in the major producing states, with Illinois at 11% harvested and Iowa at 4%," Hultman said.

As with soybeans, corn continued to reach maturity ahead of normal last week. NASS estimated that 93% of corn was dented as of Sept. 19, up 4 percentage points from the five-year average of 89%. Fifty-seven percent of corn was rated mature, up 10 percentage points from the five-year average of 47%.

The condition of corn still in fields also rose last week, edging up 1 percentage point from 58% good to excellent as of Sunday, Sept. 12, to 59% good to excellent on Sunday, Sept. 19. That was down from 61% a year ago.

Winter wheat planting also continued slightly ahead of normal last week, with NASS estimating 21% of the crop had been planted as of Sunday, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 18%. Winter wheat emerged was pegged at 3%, just 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 2%.

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

Sorghum coloring was pegged at 92%, 4 percentage points ahead of the average. Sorghum mature was 51%, 5 percentage points ahead of average. Sorghum harvested was 25%, 3 percentage points behind average.

Cotton bolls opening was 48%, 5 percentage points behind the average. Cotton harvested was 9%, 2 percentage points behind the average. Cotton condition was rated 64% good to excellent, unchanged from the previous week.

Rice harvested was 51%, 5 percentage points behind the average pace.

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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 93 87 94 89
Corn Mature 57 37 56 47
Corn Harvested 10 4 8 9
Soybeans Dropping Leaves 58 38 56 48
Soybeans Harvested 6 NA 5 6
Winter Wheat Planted 21 12 19 18
Winter Wheat Emerged 3 NA 3 2
Cotton Bolls Opening 48 36 56 53
Cotton Harvested 9 5 10 11
Sorghum Coloring 92 83 91 88
Sorghum Mature 51 39 49 46
Sorghum Harvested 25 21 26 28
Rice Harvested 51 40 45 56

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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 26 45 14 5 10 27 44 14 5 9 25 47 14
Soybeans 4 10 28 47 11 4 10 29 45 12 3 7 27 51 12
Cotton 1 7 28 51 13 1 5 30 50 14 9 18 28 35 10
Sorghum 4 11 29 46 10 4 10 29 47 10 5 11 33 40 11
Rice 1 2 21 61 15 1 3 22 59 15 1 4 21 56 18

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