USDA Crop Progress - Corn, Soybean Harvest Slows Again Last Week

OMAHA (DTN) -- The nation's soybean harvest fell further behind the normal pace last week, and corn harvest also slowed to just a couple points ahead of average, USDA's National Ag Statistics Service said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

As of Sunday, Oct. 21, 53% of the soybean crop was harvested, 16 points behind the five-year average of 69%. That's slightly further behind average than the previous week when harvest stood at 15 points behind the five-year average.

"Illinois and Indiana are the only major producers ahead of their five-year average pace," said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. "Iowa's soybeans are only 37% harvested versus a five-year average of 71% for this time of year."

Despite concerns about the quality of the crop in some parts of the country, NASS left its good-to-excellent condition rating for soybeans unchanged at 68% last week.

Corn harvest also slowed again last week. At 49% complete, harvest was only 2 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 47%. That was nearer to normal than the previous week when harvest was 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

Corn condition also held steady nationwide last week at 68% good to excellent.

Winter wheat planting was 72% complete as of Sunday, near 73% last year at the same time but behind the five-year average of 77%. Winter wheat emerged, at 53%, was ahead of last year's 50% but slightly behind the average pace of 55%.

"Not much progress was made in Texas, Oklahoma or Kansas where wheat plantings are 63%, 75% and 67%, respectively," Hultman said.

Forty-six percent of the sorghum crop was harvested as of Sunday, up just 4 percentage points from the previous week, equal to last year and 10 percentage points behind the five-year average of 56%.

Ninety percent of rice was harvested as of Sunday, behind last year's 97% and also behind the five-year average of 94%.

Eighty-eight percent of cotton had bolls opening as of Sunday, near the average of 89%. Thirty-nine percent of cotton was harvested, ahead of last year's 36% and also ahead of the average pace of 33%.

Cotton condition fell again slightly from 35% good to excellent the previous week to 34% last week.

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