OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn and soybean harvests lagged the five-year average pace, while conditions held pretty steady during the week ended Sept. 17, according to USDA's latest Crop Progress and Condition report issued Monday.
USDA's National Ag Statistics Service estimated corn to be 86% dented, 34% mature, and 7% harvested. The 5-year averages are 90%, 47%, and 11% respectively. "The DTN Crop Condition Index was left unchanged at 144 points this week," said DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom, "still well below the previous year's 178 points. If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral."
NASS estimated 41% of the soybean crop is dropping leaves and 4% harvested; the 5-year averages are 43% and 5%, respectively. "The DTN Crop Condition Index decreased 1 point this week to 143 points," Newsom said. "This is still well below last year's 176 points. If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral."
"NASS guessed winter wheat planting to be 13% complete, even though no firm estimate on 2018 acreage has been established," Newsom said. The 5-year average is 15%. He pointed out the key growing state of Kansas was estimated to be 7% completed as compared to the 5-year average of 8%. "If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral," he concluded.
Spring wheat harvest is no longer included on the national report. Sorghum is 29% harvested, equal to the five-year average.
Cotton bolls are 44% opening and the crop is 11% harvested nationwide. Cotton condition worsened to 14% poor to very poor, compared to 11% last week. Rice is 55% harvested, compared to a 51% average.