The 2012 corn harvest continues to progress, with all major corn-producing states harvesting except Wisconsin. The corn condition held steady across all categories in the past week. Farmers have begun harvesting soybeans now, just barely ahead of the average pace. Soybean condition gained a couple points in the good/excellent category in the past seven days.
Nearly all of the corn crop has dented, well ahead of the five-year average of 77%. Over half of the overall crop has hit maturity at 58%. This is also well ahead of the 27% five-year average. Farmers in nearly all states are harvesting the 2012 corn crop, and 15% of the crop has been taken out so far. The five-year average is 5%.
Corn condition held steady over the last week. Twenty-two percent of the crop is in good/excellent condition. Fifty-two percent is in very poor/poor condition. Last year the crop was about the opposite, with 53% in good/excellent condition, and 20% in very poor/poor condition.
More than one-third of the overall soybean crop has started dropping leaves. This continues the "ahead of average" trend with crops over this past growing season, 16 points ahead of the 20% five-year average. Soybean harvest has started in several states including: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota. Overall, 4% of the crop has been taken out. This is just slightly ahead of the 2% five-year average.
Soybean condition actually improved in the last seven days, gaining 2 points in good/excellent condition. The overall crop stands at 32% good/excellent and 36% very poor/poor.