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.

Thirty-nine percent of the corn crop has been harvested as of Oct. 21, 14 points behind the five-year average. Last year at this time, 85% of the corn crop had been harvested. Several of the major corn-producing states are less than 50% harvested, including: Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin. North Carolina has nearly completed its corn harvest.

The corn condition has improved over the last time a report was released, increasing 5 points in the good/excellent category to 60% good/excellent. Fourteen percent of the overall crop is in very poor/poor condition. It should be noted that the state of Tennessee has no corn in very poor condition, and 90% of its corn is in good/excellent condition.

corn condition, oct. 21, 2013