USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Over Half of US Soybeans Harvested

OMAHA (DTN) -- The U.S. soybean harvest rocketed past the halfway mark last week, propelled by well-ahead-of-normal progress across the Midwest and Upper Midwest, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Tuesday. The report was delayed from Monday due to the federal holiday.

NASS estimated that 61% of soybeans were harvested as of Sunday, Oct. 11, a leap of 23 percentage points from 38% the previous Sunday. That pushed this year's harvest progress to 19 percentage points ahead of the five-year average pace of 42%.

"Soybean harvest is over 80% complete in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Nebraska and is 78% complete in Iowa," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

The harvest continued to be aided by the crop reaching maturity ahead of normal, with 93% of the crop dropping leaves as of Sunday compared to the five-year average of 90%.

Soybean conditions dropped 1 percentage point to 63% good to excellent as of Sunday.

The corn harvest also gained momentum last week thanks to mostly favorable weather conditions, moving ahead 16 percentage points to reach 41% complete as of Sunday. That puts this year's current progress at 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 32%.

"Forty-two percent of the corn crop in Iowa was harvested, well ahead of its usual pace," Hultman said. "Illinois is 45% harvested, a little behind its usual pace. As usual, Texas leads all states at 81% harvested."

Corn reaching maturity was estimated at 94% as of Sunday, 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 87%. Corn condition was down 1 percentage point from the previous week at 61% good to excellent.

Winter wheat planting also continued its rapid pace last week, moving ahead another 16 percentage points to reach 68% complete as of Sunday, 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 61%. An estimated 41% of winter wheat had emerged, 6 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 21%.

"The top two winter-wheat-producing states of 2019, Kansas and Washington, were 74% and 79% planted, respectively," Hultman said. "Colorado is the furthest ahead, at 94% planted."

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