The nation’s soybean harvest fell further behind the normal pace last week, and corn harvest also slowed to just a couple points ahead of average, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.
As of Sunday, Oct. 21, 53% of the soybean crop was harvested, 16 points behind the five-year average of 69%. That’s slightly further behind average than the previous week when harvest stood at 15 points behind the five-year average.
“Illinois and Indiana are the only major producers ahead of their five-year average pace,” said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. “Iowa’s soybeans are only 37% harvested versus a five-year average of 71% for this time of year.”
Despite concerns about the quality of the crop in some parts of the country, NASS left its good-to-excellent condition rating for soybeans unchanged at 68% last week.
Corn harvest also slowed again last week. At 49% complete, harvest was only 2 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 47%. That was nearer to normal than the previous week when harvest was 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.
Corn condition also held steady nationwide last week at 68% good to excellent.
Winter wheat planting was 72% complete as of Sunday, near 73% last year at the same time but behind the five-year average of 77%. Winter wheat emerged, at 53%, was ahead of last year’s 50% but slightly behind the average pace of 55%.
“Not much progress was made in Texas, Oklahoma or Kansas where wheat plantings are 63%, 75% and 67%, respectively,” Hultman said.
Forty-six percent of the sorghum crop was harvested as of Sunday, up just 4 percentage points from the previous week, equal to last year and 10 percentage points behind the five-year average of 56%.
Ninety percent of rice was harvested as of Sunday, behind last year’s 97% and also behind the five-year average of 94%.
Eighty-eight percent of cotton had bolls opening as of Sunday, near the average of 89%. Thirty-nine percent of cotton was harvested, ahead of last year’s 36% and also ahead of the average pace of 33%.
Cotton condition fell again slightly from 35% good to excellent the previous week to 34% last week.
To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov. Look for the U.S. map in the “Find Data and Reports by” section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state’s “Crop Progress & Condition” report.
|National Crop Progress Summary|
|Winter Wheat Planted||72||65||73||77|
|Winter Wheat Emerged||53||44||50||55|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||88||85||86||89|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|