USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn 8% Harvested, Soybeans 6% Harvested

OMAHA (DTN) -- After starting out ahead of normal, the U.S. corn harvest fell slightly behind the five-year average by the end of last week, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday.

NASS estimated that, as of Sunday, Sept. 20, 8% of U.S. corn had been harvested, 2 percentage points behind the average pace of 10%. This was despite corn development continuing to run ahead of average with 95% of the crop dented, ahead of the average of 90%, and 59% of the crop mature, 10 percentage points ahead of the average of 49%.

"Texas corn was 69% harvested and Midwestern states are just getting started," noted DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

NASS estimated that 61% of the corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, up 1 percentage point from 60% the previous week.

"In general, crop ratings get less attention this time of year after the September WASDE report already provided a yield estimate based on field data," Hultman said.

In its first soybean harvest report of the season, NASS estimated that 6% of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, ahead of 2% last year and equal to the five-year average. Like corn, soybean development continued ahead of normal with 59% of the crop dropping leaves, 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 50%.

"Ten percent of soybeans in Nebraska were harvested, and 7% of Minnesota and Iowa soybeans were harvested, leading most other Midwestern states," Hultman said.

The condition of soybeans remained unchanged at 63% good-to-excellent.

Spring wheat harvest inched toward completion last week, moving ahead 4 percentage points to reach 96% complete as of Sunday, still equal to the five-year average.

Meanwhile, winter wheat planting continued to run slightly ahead of the normal pace, at 20% complete as of Sunday compared to the average of 19%. Three percent of winter wheat had emerged, 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 2%.

"Kansas is 14% done planting winter wheat, while Nebraska is 40% planted -- slightly below the average," noted DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

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