This article was originally published at 3:04 p.m. CDT on Monday, Nov. 6. It was last updated with additional information at 3:26 p.m. CDT on Monday, Nov. 6.
OMAHA (DTN) -- The U.S. corn and soybean harvests continued to outpace the five-year averages last week, and the condition of the winter wheat crop improved, USDA NASS reported in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.
-- Harvest progress: Corn harvest moved ahead 10 percentage points to reach 81% complete as of Sunday. That is 4 percentage points behind last year's pace of 85% but 4 percentage points ahead of 77% for the five-year average. "Illinois and Iowa corn is 90% and 89% harvested, respectively, while Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania range from 40% to 46% done," noted DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.
-- Harvest progress: Soybean harvest progressed 6 percentage points to reach 91% complete as of Sunday. That is 2 points behind last year's 93% but 5 points ahead of the five-year average of 86%. "Illinois and Iowa soybeans are at 95% and 97% harvested, respectively," Mantini said.
-- Planting progress: Winter wheat planting advanced 6 percentage points last week to reach 90% complete as of Sunday. That is 1 percentage point behind last year's 91% but 1 point ahead of the five-year average of 89%. "Major producer Kansas is now 96% planted," Mantini noted.
-- Crop progress: 75% of the crop had emerged as of Sunday, 4 points ahead of last year's 71% and 2 points ahead of the five-year average of 73%.
-- Crop condition: Winter wheat condition was rated 50% good to excellent, up 3 percentage points from 47% the previous week and well above 30% at this time a year ago. "Kansas and Oregon are rated poorly, at just 31% and 37% good to excellent, respectively," Mantini said.
WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
Farmers in northern parts of the country could see continued harvest delays this week due to widespread light to moderate precipitation, according to DTN Ag Meteorologist John Baranick.
"It's looking like an active week," Baranick said. "There are multiple disturbances in the upper levels that will be traversing the country this week, but they're largely weak. That means a lot of widespread precipitation, but mostly light to moderate amounts. Folks in the North that have had issues with a slowdown in harvest and fieldwork won't see a huge break. That is likely to remain slow.
"Farther south, though, a disturbance will attach to a cold front in the Southern Plains on Thursday, tracking eastward through the weekend. The Delta and Southeast have not had much precipitation over the last few months, and the expanding drought could use some rain. This week there will be widespread rainfall, and that should help. But the regions will need much more. Luckily, El Nino favors the southern storm track and better rainfall through the winter season. The increased rainfall should help winter crop establishment.
"Temperatures are warm to start out the week but will fall behind a cold front and that system to end the week. The cool shot will not be as dramatic as last week, and temperatures are expected to rise well above normal again next week."
How is harvest going for you? Are you ahead, behind or right on track with USDA NASS' observations this week? Send us your comments, and we'll include them in this Crop Progress report story. You can email comments to Anthony.email@example.com or direct message him on X (formerly Twitter) @AGrederDTN. Please include the location where you farm.
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|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||95||93||99||97|
|Winter Wheat Planted||90||84||91||89|
|Winter Wheat Emerged||75||64||71||73|
|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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