USDA Crop Progress - US Corn Harvest at 5%, Slightly Ahead of Average

OMAHA (DTN) -- In its first corn harvest report of the season, USDA's National Ag Statistics Service estimated that 5% of the U.S. crop was harvested as of Sunday, Sept. 9, slightly ahead of the five-year average, according to the agency's weekly Crop Progress report released Tuesday. The report is normally released on Mondays but was delayed this week due to technical issues.

This year's corn harvest is equal to last year's pace, but 2 percentage points ahead of the average of 3%. The crop continued to mature ahead of normal with 35% of corn estimated as mature as of Sunday, 14 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 21%.

Corn condition, at 68% good to excellent, was up 1 percentage point from 67% last week.

Soybeans also continued to mature ahead of the average pace with 31% of the crop estimated to be dropping leaves as of Sunday, 22 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 19%. The condition of the crop rose 2 percentage points, from 66% good to excellent the previous week to 68% last week.

NASS also reported winter wheat planting progress for the first time this season, estimating that 5% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, equal to both last year's pace and the five-year average.

Spring wheat harvest was 93% complete as of Sunday, near last year's 94% but ahead of the five-year average of 85%.

Sorghum coloring was 79%, ahead of the five-year average of 74%. Sorghum mature was estimated at 34%, equal to last year at the same time but behind the five-year average of 38%. Twenty-four percent of the sorghum crop was harvested as of Sunday, slightly behind the average pace of 26%.

Barley was 92% harvested as of Sunday, behind 95% last year but equal to the average. Oats were 96% harvested as of Sunday, near 95% last year and equal to the five-year average.

Forty percent of rice was harvested as of Sunday, near last year's 41% but ahead of the five-year average of 36%. Thirty-nine percent of cotton had bolls opening, ahead of the average of 35%.

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