At this point, 40% of the overall corn crop has reached maturity and nearly half of the soybean leaves have dropped. 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.

Ninety-one percent of the overall corn crop has dented, just 2 points behind the five-year average. Corn maturity jumped 18 points in the last week, hitting 40% overall matured. States with less than 40% of the corn mature include: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. Minnesota has the least amount of corn at maturity, with only 17% of its corn crop at that level, well behind the 45% five-year average.

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Little corn harvest progress was made in the last week, reaching only 7% overall harvested, 9 points behind the five-year average. Two states still have yet to harvest any corn: Minnesota and Wisconsin. North Carolina is nearly three-quarters done with its corn harvest at 74% complete.

Corn condition ratings increased in the good/excellent category in the last week, reaching 55% good/excellent. Last week it was 53%. The overall corn crop has 16% of the crop in very poor/poor condition. The Kentucky corn crop is still in the best overall condition at 91% good excellent. Nearly one-third of the Kansas corn crop is in very poor/poor condition at 29%.

corn condition, Sept. 23, 2013

Soybeans

Nearly half of the leaves have dropped on the overall soybean crop at 47%. This is 9 points behind the five-year average, but 21 points ahead of last week’s rate. A handful of states have fewer that 30% of the soybean leaves dropping, including: Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The soybeans in North Dakota have dropped the most leaves at 82%, 8 points ahead of the five-year average.

Soybean harvest has started in many states, and is 3% complete at this time, 6 points behind the 9% five-year average. Last year at this time, 21% of the soybean crop had been harvested. States that have yet to harvest any beans include: Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

Soybean condition stayed the same as last week in the good/excellent rating at 50%. The best beans are in Kentucky at 85% good/excellent. The overall soybean crop has 17% of the beans in very poor/poor condition. The soybeans in Missouri are in the worst shape with one-third of the crop in very poor/poor condition.

soybean condition, Sept. 23, 2013

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