USDA Weekly Crop Progress - Corn, Soy Harvest Still Behind Normal Pace

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn and soybean harvest continued to fall further behind the average pace during the week ended Oct. 15, according to USDA's latest Crop Progress report released on Monday.

USDA estimated that 28% of corn was harvested as of Sunday, 19 percentage points behind the average pace of 47%. In last Monday's report, harvest was 15 points behind the average pace.

"Estimated harvest percent completed lost another 4 percentage points to average last week. 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 49% of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, 11 percentage points behind the five-year average of 60%. In last Monday's report, soybean harvest lagged the average pace by 7 points.

"Estimated harvest percent completed lost another 4 percentage points to average last week. If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral," Newsom said.

Meanwhile, USDA estimated winter wheat planting to be 60% complete as of Sunday, 11 percentage points behind the average pace of 71%. Winter wheat emergence was estimated at 37%, 6 percentage points behind the average of 43%.

"If considered at all, these numbers would be viewed as neutral," Newsom said.

Sorghum was 40% harvested, behind the five-year average of 50%.

Cotton was 82% in the bolls opening stage and the crop was 31% harvested nationwide, ahead of the average of 26% harvested.

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