Farmers made big progress in the last week harvesting the 2013 corn crop, closing in on the average pace. The crop also gained in the good/excellent condition ratings. Soybean farmers made good progress in the field, too, reaching the average harvest pace for this time of year.
Overall corn harvest jumped 20 points in the completion category in the last week, going from 39% harvested last week to 59% this week. The five-year average pace is 62% for this time of year. Last year at this time, 91% of the overall corn crop had been harvested. A handful of states are still under 50% harvested, including: Michigan (31%), Minnesota (48%), North Dakota (33%), Ohio (49%), South Dakota (49%) and Wisconsin (39%). North Carolina has harvested nearly all of its corn at 97% harvested, right on track with the five-year average.
Corn condition improved in the last week, gaining 2 points in the good/excellent rating, bringing the overall crop to 62% good/excellent. Kansas has the least amount of corn in the good/excellent category at 41%. Ninety-two percent of the Kentucky corn crop is in good/excellent condition.
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The soybean harvest has reached the five-year average pace for this time of gear, with harvest now 77% complete. Several states made solid harvest progress in the last week, increasing soybean harvest completion by over 15 points, including: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin. States with more than 90% of the crop harvested include: Louisiana, Minnesota and Nebraska. Those with less than 50% of the soybean crop harvested include: Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee.
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