Despite late plantings and a rocky growing season, corn and soybean harvest is actually ahead of the five-year-average pace. The latest USDA Crop Progress report shows the corn crop is 47% harvested. The average percentage for this time of year is 41%. The soybean crop is 69% harvested; well ahead of the 61% five-year average.
The corn crop is 94% mature – behind last year’s 100%, but ahead of the five-year average by 1 percentage point. The Ohio crop made the biggest maturity jump, going from 39% last week to 61% mature this week. The corn crops in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina and Texas are 100% mature at this point. No one is done with corn harvest yet. Nearly half of the overall crop has been harvested. North Carolina is the most complete with harvest at 94%, while combines in Ohio have only taken 8% of the crop out. Corn condition is 53% good/excellent – 1 percentage point better than last week. Almost 1/5th of the overall corn crop is rated very poor/poor, the same as last week.
The soybean crop is progressing nicely with 95% of the overall plants dropping leaves, 3 percentage points behind last year at this time, and 1 point ahead of the five-year average. Harvested acreage is close to 2/3 complete overall. Minnesota has the most beans out of the field at 96% complete, while North Carolina is at 10% harvested. Wisconsin made the biggest progress leap, going from 28% of the soybean crop harvested last week up to 62% of the crop out of the ground this week.