USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Soybeans 87% Harvested; Corn 82% Harvested

OMAHA (DTN) -- The pace of harvest slowed again nationwide 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 10 percentage points last week to reach 82% complete as of Sunday, Nov. 1, still 13 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 69%.


"Illinois corn is 89% harvested, Iowa is at 87%, Minnesota is at 83% and Nebraska is 86% finished -- all comfortably above their usual paces," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.


Meanwhile, soybean harvest slowed to a crawl last week, moving ahead just 4 percentage points to reach 87% complete as of Sunday. That puts this year's current harvest progress at just 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 83%.


"Nebraska and North Dakota are reported as finished harvesting soybeans," Hultman said. "Minnesota is 99% done, and Iowa and South Dakota are at 97% each. Illinois is at 93%. Harvest progress in some Southern states plus Ohio are lower than their five-year averages, as some were interrupted by hurricane-related rains."


Winter wheat planting also slowed again last week, moving ahead just 4 percentage points to reach 89% as of Sunday. That is 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 86%. An estimated 71% of winter wheat had emerged, 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 70%.


"Nebraska and South Dakota are reported as finished planting winter wheat," Hultman said. "Kansas is 95% planted, and Washington is at 97%."


The condition of the winter wheat crop was estimated at 43% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from 41% the previous week but down from 57% a year ago.


"Twenty-eight percent of winter wheat in Kansas is rated in good-to-excellent condition, down 1 point from last week," Hultman said. "The lowest crop ratings are mainly for HRW wheat in the southwestern Plains plus for white wheat in Oregon."




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