USDA Weekly Crop Progress - Corn, Soy Harvest Fall Further Behind Average Pace

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn and soybean harvest fell further behind the average pace during the week ended Oct. 1, according to USDA's latest Crop Progress report issued Monday.

USDA estimated that 68% of corn was mature as Sunday, 10 points behind the five-year average. Harvest progressed to 17% complete, 9 percentage points behind the average pace of 26%. In last Monday's report, harvest was 6 points behind the average pace.

Corn condition was rated 63% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from 61% the previous week. That resulted in the DTN Crop Condition Index increasing 5 points to 150 points, still well below the previous year's 175 points. "If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral," said DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom.

Soybean harvest progress also fell further behind normal. USDA estimated that 22% of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, 4 percentage points behind the five-year average of 26%. In last Monday's report, soybean harvest lagged the average pace by only 2 points.

Soybean condition held steady from the previous week at 60% good to excellent. The DTN Crop Condition Index increased 1 point to 145 points, still well below last year's 178 points. "If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral," Newsom said.

Meanwhile, USDA estimated winter wheat planting to be 36% complete and 12% of the crop emerged as of Sunday, Oct. 1, even though no firm estimate on 2018 acreage has been established. The five-year averages are 43% and 16%, respectively. "If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral," Newsom said.

Sorghum was 34% harvested, behind the five-year average of 37%.

Cotton was 67% in the bolls opening stage and the crop was 17% harvested nationwide, ahead of the average of 13% harvested. Cotton condition worsened from 60% good to excellent the previous week to 57% last week. Rice was 77% harvested, compared to a 71% average.

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