USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

USDA Crop Progress Report: 7% of Corn Left to Harvest, Soybean Harvest Wraps Up as of Nov. 19

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By  Anthony Greder , DTN/Progressive Farmer Content Manager
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This article was originally published at 3:04 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 20. It was last updated with additional information at 3:25 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 20.


OMAHA (DTN) -- Most soybean fields have been harvested, while about 7% of the nation's corn crop was left to harvest as of Sunday, Nov. 19, USDA NASS reported in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.


-- Harvest progress: Corn harvest moved ahead 5 percentage points to reach 93% complete as of Sunday, Nov. 19. That is 3 percentage points behind last year's pace of 96% but still 2 percentage points ahead of 91% for the five-year average. "Michigan remains below its usual pace at 67% harvested, and Pennsylvania is also slower than usual at 70% harvested," noted DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.


-- Planting progress: Winter wheat planting inched ahead another 2 percentage points last week to reach 95% complete as of Sunday. That is 3 percentage points behind last year's 98% and 1 point behind the five-year average of 96%.

-- Crop progress: 87% of the crop had emerged as of Sunday, 1 point ahead of last year's 86% and 2 points ahead of the five-year average of 85%.

-- Crop condition: Winter wheat condition was rated 48% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from 47% the previous week and still well above 32% at this time a year ago. "Thirty-two percent of the crop in Kansas is rated poor to very poor," Hultman said.


The weather for the rest of this week could pose some challenges for remaining fieldwork, especially in the Eastern Corn Belt, according to DTN Ag Meteorologist John Baranick.

"For those with work yet to do in the Eastern Corn Belt, this week will be a bit difficult to do it," Baranick said. "A storm system will be moving through early this week, spreading mostly rain through Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. A stronger cold front will be moving through Wednesday through the end of the week from north to south. The front itself may not have much precipitation with it, but behind the front, it looks like a good setup for heavy snow in the High Plains and especially those right up next to the Rockies. That starts in the northern half of the High Plains Thursday and migrates south behind the front to end the week.

"For those that missed out on the storm system this past weekend and early this week, it looks like a good chance for snow. That could disrupt travel plans for those going out to visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday, though. Cold air will follow behind that front but will mostly be seasonably cold. Those with snow cover will see colder temperatures, however."


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 93 88 96 91
Cotton Harvested 77 67 78 71
Winter Wheat Planted 95 93 98 96
Winter Wheat Emerged 87 81 86 85
Sorghum Harvested 96 92 96 92


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wheat 7 10 35 39 9 7 10 36 39 8 15 18 35 27 5

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