OMAHA (DTN) -- USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is calling it quits for the year in issuing its weekly Crop Progress report. But U.S. farmers still have some work left to do before they can close the books on the 2019 season.
As of Sunday, 8% of the nation's corn crop was still standing in fields, NASS estimated. That represents a total of about 7.16 million acres left to harvest, according to DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. And with many fields in the upper Midwest still buried in snow, it could be a while before farmers are able to bring in the last of the crop.
Corn harvest progress inched ahead only 3 percentage points last week to reach 92% complete as of Sunday, 8 percentage points behind the five-year average of 100%. That was in line with the average trade estimate, Mantini said.
"North Dakota moved ahead just 7 points to reach 43% harvested as of Sunday," Mantini said. "Michigan and Wisconsin were both only 74% harvested, and South Dakota was at 83%. Iowa is 95% done and Illinois is 96% harvested."
The only other crops NASS included in Monday's report were cotton, which was estimated at 89% harvested, and sunflowers, which were 73% harvested.
NASS said Monday's report is the last weekly Crop Progress report it will issue for the 2019 season. The first national weekly report for 2020 will be released on Monday, April 6. Some individual states continue to release monthly updates throughout the winter.