USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn, Soybean Harvest Both 17 Percentage Points Ahead of Normal

OMAHA (DTN) -- Mostly dry weather across much of the nation's midsection last week helped farmers push harvest past the halfway mark for corn and hit the three-quarters mark for soybeans by the end of the week, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday.

NASS estimated that 75% of soybeans were harvested as of Sunday, Oct. 18, up 14 percentage points from 61% on Oct. 11. That was a slower pace than the previous week but still puts this year's harvest 17 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 58%.

"The soybean harvest is 96% complete in Minnesota, Nebraska is 92% harvested, Iowa is 90% complete and Illinois is 81% harvested," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

Nearly all of soybeans -- 97% -- were dropping leaves as of Sunday. NASS has stopped reporting soybean conditions for the year.

While the soybean harvest slowed somewhat last week, the corn harvest picked up speed, moving ahead 19 percentage points to reach 60% complete as of Sunday. That pushed this year's corn harvest progress further ahead of normal -- now 17 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 43%.

"Sixty-five percent of the corn crop in Iowa was harvested, well ahead of its usual pace," Mantini noted. "Illinois corn is 66% harvested, Minnesota is 63% versus a 29% average, Nebraska is 58% done versus an average of 31%, and South Dakota is 40 points ahead of the average at 64% harvested."

Corn reaching maturity was estimated at 97% as of Sunday, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 94%. Corn condition was unchanged from the previous week at 61% good to excellent.

Meanwhile, winter wheat planting slowed last week, moving ahead 9 percentage points from 68% the previous week to 77% as of Sunday. That is 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 72%. An estimated 51% of winter wheat had emerged, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 48%.

"Kansas winter wheat is 84% planted, Nebraska wheat is 94% planted and South Dakota is 97% planted." Mantini noted.

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