USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Soybean Harvest Progress Leaps Ahead

OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. farmers took advantage of mostly dry conditions across the nation's midsection last week to speed ahead with harvest, particularly of soybeans, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Monday.


NASS estimated that 38% of soybeans were harvested as of Sunday, Oct. 4, a jump of 18 percentage points from 20% the previous Sunday. That puts this year's current progress 26 percentage points ahead of last year at the same time and 10 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 28%. The faster-than-normal harvest was likely aided by the crop continuing to reach maturity slightly ahead of normal, with 85% of the crop estimated to be dropping leaves as of Sunday compared to the five-year average of 83%.


"Minnesota soybeans are 61% harvested, the Dakotas are 60% harvested and Iowa and Nebraska are at 55% each," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. "Illinois is further behind, at 25% harvested."


Soybean conditions were unchanged at 64% good to excellent.


Though outpaced by the soybean harvest, corn harvest also picked up speed last week, moving ahead 10 percentage points to reach 25% complete as of Sunday. That moved this year's current progress to slightly ahead of the five-year average of 24%.


"Illinois corn is 26% harvested, Iowa is 25% harvested, Minnesota is 14% harvested and Nebraska is 21% finished," Hultman said.


Corn reaching maturity was estimated at 87% as of Sunday, 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 78%. Corn condition was rated 62% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from 61% the previous week.


Like the soybean harvest, winter wheat planting also picked up speed last week, moving ahead 17 percentage points to reach 52% finished as of Sunday, 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 47%. An estimated 24% of winter wheat had emerged, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 21%.


"Kansas winter wheat was 56% planted compared to an average of 41%, with South Dakota 70% planted, and Nebraska and Colorado at 80% and 86% planted, respectively," noted DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.




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