USDA Weekly Crop Progress - Report Neutral Again for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat

September 25, 2017

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn and soybean harvest and winter wheat planting all lagged the five-year average pace during the week ended Sept. 24, according to USDA's latest Crop Progress and Condition report issued Monday.

 

USDA estimated that 51% of corn was mature as of Sunday, well behind the average of 64%. Eleven percent of corn was harvested, also behind the five-year average of 17%. Corn condition held steady at 61% good to excellent. That resulted in the DTN Crop Condition Index increasing 1 point from the previous week to 145 points this week, still well below the previous year's 178 points. "If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral," Newsom said.

 

While soybeans dropping leaves matched the average pace of 63%, soybean harvest continued to run slightly behind normal at 10% complete as of Sept. 24 compared to the five-year average of 12%. USDA estimated soybean condition at 60% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from the previous week. That resulted in the DTN Crop Condition Index increasing 3 points this week to 146 points, still well below last year's 176 points. "If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral," Newsom said.

 

USDA guessed winter wheat planting to be 24% completed as of Sunday, even though no firm estimate on 2018 acreage has been established yet. That was 4 percentage points behind the five-year average of 28% planted. The key growing state of Kansas was estimated to be 14% completed as compared to the five-year average of 20%. "If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral," Newsom said.

 

Sorghum was 32% harvested, slightly behind the five-year average of 33%.

 

Cotton was 57% bolls opening and the crop was 14% harvested nationwide, ahead of the average of 9% harvested. Cotton condition worsened from 61% good to excellent the previous week to 60% last week. Rice was 69% harvested, compared to a 61% average.

 

 

 

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