CROP PROGRESS: Corn harvest 97% completed

Winter wheat slips one point to 58% in good/excellent condition.

The corn harvest is nearly done, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting on Monday that 97% of the crop is in the bin, which matched last year’s pace and is one point ahead of the five-year average.

USDA discontinued its soybean harvest survey after last’s week results showed that 97% of the crop was cut.

The winter wheat rating slipped one point to 58% in good to excellent condition (47% good and 11% excellent), which was better than last year’s 53% for the same week.

Iowa’s corn harvest was at 98%, compared with the five-year average of 97%. The state had nearly a full week for fieldwork.

“Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 51% moderate to heavy, down four percentage points from the previous week. Off-farm grain storage availability was rated 63% adequate to surplus. On-farm grain storage availability was rated 58% adequate to surplus,” Iowa said.

In Illinois, the corn harvest was 100% done versus the 98% average.  Winter wheat in the state was rated 70% good/excellent, 26% fair, 1% poor and 3% very poor.

Indiana's corn harvest was at 97% done versus the 94% average. Winter wheat conditions declined a little to 67% good/excellent, 27% fair, 4% poor and 2% very poor.

“Growers have reported that some of the wheat that has not yet emerged was due to dry conditions after planting. Wheat conditions declined some this week partially due to ponding in the north and drought in the south,” Indiana's report said.

Total U.S. winter wheat planting is at 97%, and emergence is at 89%, versus the respective five-year averages of 99% and 88%.

Kansas wheat slipped one point to 55% good/excellent after a week of warm, dry conditions. Montana’s crop dropped two points to 76% good/excellent, Oklahoma was unchanged at 56%, the Texas crop dropped two points to 41%, Colorado dropped four points to 47% good/excellent and Nebraska improved a point to 54%.

Nationally, sorghum was 94% harvested versus the 92% average.

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