USDA: Corn harvest progress steady, reaches 79%
Last year, corn and soybean harvest in Kansas was at 72 percent and 54 percent respectfully. This week the progress is mixed, with the current corn harvest at 90 percent. Soybean harvest, however, is 14 percentage points behind 2011’s pace, sitting at 40 percent. Few portions of the state received more than 1 inch of rain, leaving little pause for producers.
Kentucky’s corn and soybean harvest progress have been steady, with 91 percent of corn harvest and 42 percent of soybean harvest completed. Both crops are at, in the case of soybeans, or above, in the case of corn, the state’s five-year average. Farmers are also well-above last week’s progress, partly in thanks to limited rainfall.
Louisiana received little rain last week, and producers were able to gain ground in harvesting soybeans. Currently, 87 percent of the state’s soybeans have been harvested. Though an improvement from last week, it is also 4 percentage points below 2011’s pace.
Michigan is one of the few states with less than 40 percent of corn harvested. Even with up to three inches of rain falling in northern areas of the state, producers were able to add 13 percentage points of harvested corn. Soybean harvest is sitting at 67 percent, putting it 21 percentage points above last week’s report and 25 percentage points above last year.
In Minnesota, rain stayed mainly to the south, and producers were able to reach 90 percent of harvested corn and 99 percent of harvested soybeans. For both crops, the report showed progress at 26 percentage points (soybeans) and 63 percentage points (corn) above the state’s five-year average.
Mississippi’s soybean harvest has now reached 91 percent. Though it gained by 10 percentage points from last week, last week’s progress put it 13 percentage points above its five-year average of 78 percent. Rain played no factor last week.
Missouri was one of the biggest losers of the corn producing states, gaining by just 3 percentage points from last week. At 95 percent complete, corn harvest is still 29 percentage points above the five-year average. Though producers made gains in harvesting soybeans, the percentage of completed harvest is at 36 percent. This is 13 percentage points below 2011’s pace and 1 percentage point below the five-year average.
Rain was not an issue in Nebraska, and as a result producers were able to reach 80 percent and 86 percent of harvested corn and soybeans. For corn, this is 53 percentage points above 2011’s report. Soybean harvest is also above last year’s pace.