USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn 72% Harvested; Soybeans 83% Harvested

OMAHA (DTN) -- Precipitation in parts of the country slowed the nation's row-crop harvest last week, but progress for both the corn and soybean harvest remained ahead of normal, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday.

Corn harvest moved ahead 12 percentage points to reach 72% complete as of Sunday, Oct. 25, putting this year's progress 16 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 56%.

"Illinois corn is 80% harvested, and Iowa is at 78%," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. "Ohio is slower than usual, at 32% harvested."

Soybean harvest also slowed considerably last week, moving ahead just 8 percentage points to reach 83% complete as of Sunday. That puts this year's harvest progress 10 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 73%.

"Minnesota soybeans are 98% harvested, Nebraska and North Dakota are at 97% finished, South Dakota is at 95% and Iowa is 94% complete," Hultman said.

Winter wheat planting also slowed somewhat last week, moving ahead 8 percentage points from 77% the previous week to 85% as of Sunday. That is 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 80%. An estimated 62% of winter wheat had emerged, 2 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 60%.

"The top two winter-wheat-producing states in 2019, Kansas and Washington, are 92% and 96% planted, respectively," Hultman said.

In its first rating of the 2020-21 winter wheat crop, NASS estimated that 41% of the crop was in good-to-excellent condition, down from 56% a year ago.

"Twenty-nine percent of the crop in Kansas is rated good to excellent, down from 55% a year ago," Hultman noted.

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