USDA Crop Progress Report

Less Than 10% of Corn, Soybeans Left to Harvest, According to USDA Crop Progress Report

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This article was originally posted at 3:04 p.m. CDT on Monday, Nov. 15. It was last updated at 4:22 p.m. CDT on Monday, Nov. 15.


OMAHA (DTN) -- Weather permitting, U.S. farmers could just about have this year's row-crop harvest wrapped up by Thanksgiving. Just under 10% of both the corn and soybean crops was left to harvest as Sunday, Nov. 14, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday. Winter wheat planting was also within just 6 percentage points of completion.

The nation's corn harvest progressed 7 percentage points last week to reach 91% complete as of Sunday, NASS estimated. That is 3 percentage points behind last year's 94% but 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 86%.

"Michigan shows the slowest progress at 76%, while Ohio is next at 78% finished," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

Soybean harvest moved ahead 5 percentage points last week to reach 92% complete as of Sunday. That is 3 percentage points behind 95% at the same time last year and 1 percentage point behind the five-year average of 93%.

"Illinois is 93% harvested, but other states in the eastern Midwest are below 90% finished," Hultman said.

Winter wheat planting inched ahead another 3 percentage points to reach 94% complete, 2 percentage points behind last year's pace but equal to the five-year average.

"Illinois is 86% planted, 10 percentage points below its five-year average for this time of year," Hultman said.

Winter wheat emerged was estimated at 81%, 2 percentage points behind the five-year average of 83%.

Winter wheat condition improved 1 percentage point last week to 46% good to excellent as of Sunday, equal to last year's rating at the same time. Wheat's current good-to-excellent rating is tied for the third-lowest rating since 2010, Hultman noted.

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

Sorghum harvested was 89%, 2 percentage points ahead of average.

Cotton harvested was 65%, 1 percentage point ahead of average.


To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit…. 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 Harvested 91 84 94 86
Soybeans Harvested 92 87 95 93
Winter Wheat Planted 94 91 96 94
Winter Wheat Emerged 81 74 84 83
Cotton Harvested 65 55 68 64
Sorghum Harvested 89 86 93 87


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wheat 7 13 34 39 7 9 13 33 39 6 5 13 36 41 5

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