Harvest Progress Slows with the End in Sight – DTN

    The closer we get to the “end” of harvest, the slower and smaller the percentage increases in the complete category seem to come. As Keith Landis from Sterling, Ill., put it in an email to DTN, “Our experience is, what takes one day in October, takes two days in November, and three days in December.”

    In the last week, corn harvest increased 9 percentage points to 89% complete and soybean harvest increased 4 points to 94% complete, according to USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report. Those totals compare to five-year averages of 88% and 96%.

    “This report should be viewed as neutral for corn as overall harvest progress is close to its five-year average pace, as expected,” said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. “Monday’s report should be viewed as neutral for soybeans as harvest edges closer to the finish line.”

    Winter wheat is 95% planted and 87% emerged, compared to 93% and 83% last week and five-year averages of 97% and 84%. Winter wheat condition was steady.

    “USDA’s good-to-excellent rating of 60% kept DTN’s Winter Wheat Condition Index at 157, down from 158 a year ago, but up from the five-year average of 128.2,” Hultman said. “Monday’s report should be viewed as neutral with a good pace of winter wheat emergence and crop condition as wheat enters its dormant stage.”

    Sorghum is 83% harvested, compared to 75% last week and 87% on average.

    Cotton is 69% harvested, compared to 62% last week and a 74% five-year average.

    National Crop Progress Summary
    This Last Last 5-Yr
    Week Week Year Avg
    Corn Harvested 89 80 90 88
    Soybeans Harvested 94 90 94 96
    Sorghum Harvested 83 75 90 87
    Winter Wheat Planted 95 93 99 97
    Winter Wheat Emerged 87 83 88 84
    Cotton Harvested 69 62 66 74
    National Crop Condition Summary
    (VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
    This Week Last Week Last Year
    VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
    Winter Wht 1 5 34 50 10 1 5 34 50 10 2 5 30 52 11

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