USDA Crop Progress - Soybean Harvest Slows While Corn Harvest Speeds Along

OMAHA (DTN) -- The U.S. soybean harvest slowed last week while the corn harvest continued to speed along, USDA's National Ag Statistics Service said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

As of Sunday, Sept. 30, 26% of corn was harvested nationwide, 9 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 17%. That was further ahead of normal than the previous week when harvest was 5 percentage points ahead of average.

The soybean harvest, on the other hand, slowed last week. As of Sunday, 23% of the crop was harvested, just 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 20%. That compares to the previous week when harvest was 6 percentage points ahead of average.

Meanwhile, both crops continued to reach maturity ahead of the normal pace. Eighty-six percent of corn was mature, 15 percent ahead of the average of 71%. Soybeans were 83% dropping leaves, 8 percentage points ahead of the average of 75%.

Nationwide, condition ratings for both corn and soybeans were unchanged from the previous week with corn rated 69% good to excellent and soybeans rated 68% good to excellent.

Winter wheat planting jumped again from 28% the previous week to 43% finished last week. That's ahead of 34% at the same time last year and also slightly ahead of the five-year average of 40%.

Winter wheat emerged, at 14%, was ahead of last year's 10% but equal to the average pace.

Sorghum coloring was 97%, ahead of the five-year average of 95%. Sorghum mature was estimated at 62%, slightly ahead of 59% at the same time last year but near the five-year average of 63%.

Thirty-four percent of the sorghum crop was harvested as of Sunday, behind the average pace of 36%.

Seventy percent of rice was harvested as of Sunday, behind last year's 76% but equal to the five-year average. Sixty-seven percent of cotton had bolls opening, equal to the average. Nineteen percent of cotton was harvested, ahead of last year's 17% and also ahead of the average pace of 13%.

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