This article was originally posted at 3:06 p.m. CDT on Monday, Oct. 4. It was last updated at 3:34 p.m. CDT on Monday, Oct. 4.
OMAHA (DTN) -- Another week of mostly dry, warm weather across much of the nation's midsection allowed corn and soybean harvest to move further ahead of the average pace last week, USDA NASS said in its weekly national Crop Progress report Monday.
Corn harvest continued to accelerate last week, moving ahead 11 percentage points to reach 29% complete as of Sunday, Oct. 3. That is 5 percentage points ahead of 24% last year and 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 22%.
"Illinois corn is 41% harvested, while Iowa is at 19%," noted DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.
For the rest of corn still in fields, NASS estimated the crop continues to reach maturity ahead of normal, with 88% of corn mature, 11 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 77%.
Corn condition was unchanged last week at 59% good to excellent.
Soybean harvest moved at an even more rapid pace last week, jumping ahead 18 percentage points to reach 34% complete as of Sunday. That is 1 percentage point behind last year's 35% but 8 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 26%.
"Minnesota leads the way at 62% of soybeans harvested, twice its five-year average pace," Hultman said. "Iowa's soybeans are 40% harvested, and Illinois is at 32%."
For the remainder of the crop, NASS estimated that 86% of soybeans were dropping leaves as of Sunday, 6 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 80%.
As with corn, the condition of soybeans remaining in fields was also unchanged last week, holding steady at 58% good to excellent.
Winter wheat planting again continued just slightly ahead of normal last week, with NASS estimating 47% of the crop had been planted as of Sunday, 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 46%. Winter wheat emerged was pegged at 19%, just 1 percentage point behind of the five-year average of 20%.
The following are some other highlights from this week's Crop Progress report:
Sorghum mature was 79%, 12 percentage points ahead of average. Sorghum harvested was 38%, 2 percentage points ahead of average.
Cotton bolls opening was 70%, 5 percentage points behind the average. Cotton harvested was 13%, 6 percentage points behind the average. Cotton condition was rated 62% good to excellent, down 3 percentage points from the previous week.
Rice harvested was 73%, 3 percentage points behind the average pace.
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||86||75||83||80|
|Winter Wheat Planted||47||34||50||46|
|Winter Wheat Emerged||19||9||22||20|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||70||60||81||75|
|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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