USDA crop progress: Corn harvest reaches 84% completion

Soybean harvest even further along, at 87%

Ben Potter, Senior editor

November 8, 2021

2 Min Read
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The 2021 corn and soybean harvests are moving ever closer to the finish line, according to the latest crop progress report from USDA, out Monday afternoon and covering the week through November 7. Eight percent of the nation’s soybean acres and 10% of the nation’s corn acres were harvested this past week, per the report.

Corn harvest moved from 74% a week ago up to 84% through Sunday. That’s six points behind 2020’s pace of 90% but six points ahead of the prior five-year average of 78%. USDA has not noted 100% completion among any of the top 18 production states just yet, although North Carolina (99%) and Texas (99%) are very close. Ohio has the largest percentage yet to harvest, at 65% completion.

Soybean harvest made it to 87% completion through November 7, up from 79% a week ago and two points below the average trade guess of 89%. It’s also four points below 2020’s pace of 91% and a point behind the prior five-year average of 88%. Among the top 18 production states, Minnesota (99%) is closest to the finish line and North Carolina (57%) has made the least progress so far.

Other row crop harvest updates of note include:

  • Cotton at 55% complete (up from 45% last week)

  • Sorghum at 86% complete (up from 80% last week)

  • Peanuts at 79% (up from 67% last week)

  • Sugarbeets at 96% (up from 87% last week)

  • Sunflowers at 70% (up from 53% last week)

Winter wheat plantings for the 2021/22 season are nearly complete, with 91% progress through Sunday. That’s up from 87% a week ago and identical to the prior five-year average. And 74% of the crop is now emerged, up from 67% last week but three points lower than the prior five-year average of 77%.

Quality ratings shifted slightly. Forty-five percent of the crop is still rated in good-to-excellent condition, unchanged from a week ago, while 33% is rated fair (down a point from last week) and the remaining 22% is rated poor or very poor (up a point from last week).

Click here to read today’s USDA crop progress report for more information on the aforementioned crops, along with a look at the latest pasture and range conditions.


About the Author(s)

Ben Potter

Senior editor, Farm Futures

Senior Editor Ben Potter brings two decades of professional agricultural communications and journalism experience to Farm Futures. He began working in the industry in the highly specific world of southern row crop production. Since that time, he has expanded his knowledge to cover a broad range of topics relevant to agriculture, including agronomy, machinery, technology, business, marketing, politics and weather. He has won several writing awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association, most recently on two features about drones and farmers who operate distilleries as a side business. Ben is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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