USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn, Soybean Conditions Fall Again; Corn Harvest Underway

OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn and soybean conditions declined again last week as corn harvest got underway, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday.

NASS estimated that 60% of the nation's corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, Sept. 13, down another 1 percentage point from 61% the previous week. The crop's current good-to-excellent rating is still tied for the fifth highest in the past 10 years. The portion of the crop rated very poor to poor rose by 1 point to 15%.

"Iowa corn condition was rated 43% good to excellent and 27% very poor to poor," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "The corn good-to-excellent rating for Nebraska was 61%, Illinois 72%, Minnesota 76% and Wisconsin 78%."

NASS estimated that 89% of corn was dented, 7 percentage points ahead of the average. Corn mature was estimated at 41%, 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

In its first corn harvest report of the season, NASS estimated that 5% of the crop had been harvested as of Sunday, slightly ahead of 3% last year at the same time and equal to the five-year average.

The condition of soybeans also slipped slightly again last week. NASS estimated that 63% of the nation's soybean crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sept. 13, down 2 percentage points from the previous week. The crop's current good-to-excellent rating is the fourth highest in 10 years.

"Iowa soybeans were rated 48% good to excellent and 20% very poor to poor, while Nebraska's crop was rated 64% good to excellent and 15% very poor to poor," Mantini said. "Minnesota and Wisconsin soybeans are still highly rated at 77% and 79% good to excellent, respectively."

Soybeans dropping leaves jumped ahead 17 percentage points last week to reach 37% as of Sunday, 6 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

Spring wheat harvest continued to make steady progress again last week, moving ahead another 10 percentage points to reach 92% complete as of Sunday, now equal to the five-year average.

"North Dakota spring wheat is 90% harvested, and Washington is now the slowest at 87%," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

Meanwhile, winter wheat planting was ahead of the normal pace, at 10% complete as of Sunday compared to the average of 8%.

"Washington is 44% planted, Colorado is at 30% and South Dakota is at 20% planted," Hultman said. "Kansas, the largest winter wheat producer, was 2% planted."

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