USDA: Corn harvest progress steady, reaches 79%
In North Carolina, corn harvest has reached 92 percent, which is one percentage points below last year’s report. Soybean harvest is the lowest reported, with just 7 percent harvested. This is 2 percentage points below the state’s five-year average and report from 2011.
North Dakota received less than one-quarter of an inch of rain, further extending drought conditions but giving producers the opportunity to advance in crop harvest. Eight-four percent of the state’s corn has been harvested, and 98 percent of soybeans have been harvested. The state’s producers made the biggest gains of all the states this week in harvesting corn, advancing by 21 percentage points.
Ohio’s corn and soybeans have been making headway thanks to just a trace of rain last week. Both crop harvest progress remain the lowest of the reporting states, with 31 percent of corn and 38 percent of soybeans harvested. Despite the slow progress, corn harvest is still 24 percentage points above last year’s pace. Soybean harvest, however, is 11 percentage points below the state’s five-year average.
In Pennsylvania, producers have reached 41 percent of harvested corn. While well below the national average, it is still 20 percentage points ahead of 2011’s pace.
South Dakota’s corn and soybean harvest has been quickly advancing, and now are at 90 percent (corn) and 98 percent (soybeans). Like other states in the northern Plains, rain was not a factor, and producers were able to advance by 12 percentage points in corn harvest. Both crops are well above the state’s five-year average.
Tennessee received an average of one-half of an inch of rain last week, but progress remained steady. Currently 97 percent of corn and 33 percent of soybeans have been harvested. Despite soybean harvest gaining 9 percentage points from last week’s report, it is still 5 percentage points below 2011’s report.
Texas producers were consistent last week, gaining 6 percentage points to reach 88 percent of harvested corn. Rain was of little issue, with many areas seeing less than one-half an inch of rain. The state is 4 percentage points above the state’s five-year average.
Wisconsin received some of the most rain last week, with the central and southern areas of the state reporting between 2 to 3 inches. Even with the drenching, farmers were able to reach 54 percent of harvested corn and 88 percent of harvested soybeans. This is 34 percentage points above the five-year above for corn harvest, and 36 percentage points above last year’s pace for both crops.