USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

USDA Crop Progress Report: Corn 12% Harvested, Soybeans 8% Harvested

Anthony Greder
By  Anthony Greder , DTN Managing Editor
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This article was originally posted at 3:04 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 26. It was last updated with additional information at 3:42 CDT on Monday, Sept. 26.

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OMAHA (DTN) -- The U.S. corn and soybean harvests moved ahead at a relatively slow pace last week, remaining behind the five-year averages nationwide for both crops, USDA NASS reported in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

CORN

-- Harvest progress: 12% of corn was harvested as of Sunday, Sept. 25, up 5 percentage points from the previous week. That puts the current harvest progress 5 percentage points behind last year's 17% and 2 percentage point behind the five-year average of 14%. "Texas leads the way at 72% harvested, while Iowa is at 5% done and Illinois is 6% harvested," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

-- Crop development: Corn dented was estimated at 92%, 2 percentage points behind the average. Corn mature was estimated at 58%, 3 percentage points behind the five-year average of 61%.

-- Crop condition: 52% of corn was rated in good-to-excellent condition, unchanged from the previous week and 7 percentage points below last year's rating of 59%.

SOYBEANS

-- Harvest progress: 8% of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, also up 5 percentage points from the previous week. That is 7 percentage points behind last year's 15% and 5 percentage points behind the five-year average of 13%. "Louisiana and Mississippi are well ahead of the pack at 68% and 44% done, respectively, while Illinois and Iowa are 2% and 7% harvested," Mantini said.

-- Crop development: 63% of soybeans were dropping leaves, 2 percentage points behind the five-year average of 65%.

-- Crop condition: 55% of soybeans were rated in good-to-excellent condition, unchanged from the previous week and 3 percentage points below last year's rating of 58%.

WINTER WHEAT

-- Planting progress: Winter wheat planting moved ahead 10 percentage points last week to reach 31% as of Sunday. That is 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 30%. "Montana, Washington and South Dakota were all over 50% planted, while top-producing Kansas was 19% planted, 4 percentage points below its five-year average," noted DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

-- Crop development: 9% of winter wheat was emerged as of Sunday, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 6%.

SPRING WHEAT

-- Harvest progress: Spring wheat harvest inched ahead 2 percentage points last week to reach 96% complete as of Sunday, 1 percentage point behind the average pace of 97%. "Top-producing North Dakota is 93% harvested, the slowest of the six spring wheat states, but not bad considering the slow planting start earlier this year," Hultman said.

WEEK AHEAD IN WEATHER

Farmers should see favorable weather conditions for harvest the first part of this week, but could face some delays later in the week, according to DTN Ag Meteorologist John Baranick.

"The first half of the week is mostly favorable for continued harvest progress," Baranick said. "There are some showers across the northeastern Corn Belt through Tuesday, and a burst of colder air is going to fill in across more of the eastern half of the country, but most areas continue to be mild and dry, a good combination.

"That will be disrupted at the end of the week when a small disturbance moves out of the Rockies and into the Northern and Central Plains late Thursday and Friday. The system will be a slow mover, thanks to Hurricane Ian slowing things down, and will bring periods of isolated to scattered showers across the western half of the Corn Belt through the weekend and into early next week. It is also unlikely that much of the southwestern Plains winter wheat areas see much, if any, precipitation. The drought that continues to be entrenched in the area is bringing some tough conditions for winter wheat establishment.

"For its part, Ian is forecast to make landfall in Florida later this week and spread heavy rain through the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states Friday through the weekend. Some showers may make it into the far Eastern Corn Belt but is unlikely to make it farther west to the Delta or even Indiana."

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Editor's Note: How are your crops looking? Are they better, worse or right on track with USDA NASS' observations this week? If you've started harvesting, how is it going so far? Send us your comments, and we'll include them in next week's Crop Progress report story. You can email comments to Anthony.greder@dtn.com or direct message him on Twitter @AGrederDTN. Please include your first and last name and the location where you farm.

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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 92 87 96 94
Corn Mature 58 40 72 61
Corn Harvested 12 7 17 14
Soybeans Dropping Leaves 63 42 73 65
Soybeans Harvested 8 3 15 13
Winter Wheat Planted 31 21 32 30
Winter Wheat Emerged 9 2 8 6
Cotton Bolls Opening 67 59 58 62
Cotton Harvested 15 11 11 14
Spring Wheat Harvested 96 94 100 97
Sorghum Coloring 91 85 95 94
Sorghum Mature 56 44 63 55
Sorghum Harvested 27 24 30 30
Barley Harvested 97 94 100 98
Rice Harvested 59 45 60 63

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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 9 12 27 42 10 9 12 27 41 11 5 10 26 45 14
Soybeans 5 10 30 46 9 5 10 30 46 9 4 10 28 47 11
Sorghum 18 28 32 20 2 18 29 33 19 1 5 11 28 45 11
Cotton 15 27 27 27 4 17 22 28 29 4 1 5 29 55 10

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