Nearly two-thirds of the overall soybean crop has been harvested, at 63%, as of Oct. 21. This is only 6 points behind the five-year average. Last year at this time, 79% of the soybeans had been harvested. A handful of states have less than 50% of the beans harvested, including: Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee. Louisiana has harvested 90% of its soybean crop, actually 3 points ahead of the five-year average for that state.

The condition of the overall soybean crop improved over the past few weeks, gaining 4 points in the good/excellent rating to 57% good/excellent overall. The overall crop is in 14% very poor/poor condition. There are two states with no beans in very poor condition: Louisiana and Tennessee. Kentucky has the best soybeans of the major-producing states at 87% good/excellent.

soybean condition, oct. 21, 2013