Jen Koukol

Digital Editor

Jen grew up in south-central Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a degree in mass communications. She served as a communications specialist for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, and was a book editor before joining the Corn & Soybean Digest staff.

Oct. 21 Crop Progress: Corn crop less than half harvested, soybean harvest closing in on average pace 1

It’s been a few weeks since the last USDA Crop Progress report, but despite the lack of reports, corn and soybean harvest has progressed and farmers have been busy in the field. The overall corn crop is nearly 40% harvested and 60% of the corn is in good/excellent condition. Sixty-three percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, and 57% of the crop is in good/excellent condition.

Sept. 30 Crop Progress: Corn maturity, soybean leaf drop catching up to average

The corn and soybean crops still in the field made some great progress maturing in the last week. Corn maturity overall progressed 23 points from last week, and soybean leaf drop progressed by 20 points in the last seven days.

Crop Progress: Corn harvest behind average; soybean harvest starting

At this point, 40% of the overall corn crop has reached maturity and nearly half of the soybean leaves have dropped. Corn condition ratings increased by 2 points overall in the good/excellent ranking, and soybean condition stayed the same as last week in the good/excellent ranks.

Sept. 16 Crop Progress: Corn harvest starting in most states, soybeans continue leaf drop

The corn and soybean crops continue to progress after the recent heat wave. Nearly one-quarter of the overall corn crop has reached maturity and corn harvest has started in many states. Just over one-quarter of the overall soybean crop is dropping leaves.

Sept. 9 Crop Progress: All states have mature corn, soybeans dropping leaves, conditions decrease

While the heat has continued to help crop maturity progress, along with lack of rain, it continues to have a negative effect on corn and soybean conditions.

Sept. 3 Crop Progress: Heat progresses corn, soybean maturity, worsens condition

The heat helped progress the corn crop in the last week. According to the most recent USDA Crop Progress report, many of the major corn-producing states are seeing corn reach maturity, and soybean pod set is nearing average rates. The condition of both crops worsened, however, in the last week.

Aug. 26 Crop Progress: Corn crop nearly one-quarter dented, soybean pod set catching up to average 54

The overall corn crop made good progress in the last week, reaching 23% overall dented, but still 22 points behind the five-year average. Corn condition lost 2 points in the excellent rating, and gained 1 in poor and 1 in fair condition. Soybean pod set gained 12 points in the last week, reaching 84%. The five-year average is 90% for this time of year. The overall soybean crop lost 4 points in the good/excellent category, picking up three in the very poor/poor condition.

Aug. 12 Crop Progress: Corn Doughing, Denting; Over Half of Soybean Crop Setting Pods 38

The majority of the overall U.S. corn crop has silks, while nearly one-third of the crop has hit dough stage. Nearly 60% of the overall crop has set pods.

July 29 Crop Progress: Corn Starting to Dough, Soybeans Setting Pods 9

Nearly three-quarters of the overall corn crop has started silking, and 8% of the overall crop has reached dough stage. Over half of the overall soybean crop is blooming, at 65%, 9 points behind the five-year average. Twenty percent of the overall crop is setting pods.

July 15 Crop Progress: Corn Silking, Soybeans Blooming, Crop Conditions Drop Slightly 6
Corn has started silking in every state. Sixteen percent of the overall crop has silks, well behind a five-year average of 35%. Last year at this time 67% of the corn crop was silking.
June 24 Crop Progress: Corn Crop Nearing Total Emergence, Soybean Crop Nearing Planting Completion 7

The overall corn crop 96% emerged, just 3 percentage points behind the 99% five-year average for this date. Eighty-one percent of the planted soybean crop has emerged overall, a few points behind the 89% five-year average. The overall corn and soybean crops are both in 65% good/excellent condition.

June 10 Crop Progress: Corn Planting Close to Average Completion, Soybean Planting Still Behind 4

As prevented planting dates come and go across the Corn Belt, corn growers across the U.S. have planted 95% of the 2013 corn crop as of June 10. The overall soybean crop is now 71% planted, behind the 84% five-year average, and well behind last year’s 97% completion rate at this time last year.

June 3 Crop Progress: Corn Nearly All Planted, Soybeans Over Half Done 5

Corn growers are seeing the end of corn planting for 2013, and are close to the five-year average. As of June 2, 91% of the overall corn crop has been planted, just 4 points behind the five-year average of 95%. Nearly three-quarters of the planted crops has emerged overall, 8 points behind the 82% five-year average.

May 13 Crop Progress: Corn Nearly 1/3 Planted, Soybean Planting Lagging 2

Farmers across corn-producing states made decent progress in the last week, going from 12% planted on May 5 to 28% of the overall corn crop planted by May 12. This is still well behind the five-year average of 65% planted.

May 6, 2013 Crop Progress Report: Corn 12% Planted, Soybean Planting Started 7

Corn planting progressed a bit last week, moving up 7 points from the week before to 12% planted overall. The five-year average is 47% planted, and last year the overall corn planting progress was 69% at this time.

North Carolina and Texas have the most corn in the ground at 89% and 70% completed so far, and slightly behind the five-year averages for each state.

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