According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, 5% of corn has been harvested. This is slightly higher than last year’s report but 2 percentage points below the five-year average.
As of Sept. 11, 12 of the top 18 corn-producing states have reported at least 1% of corn harvested. Four states – Kentucky (27%), North Carolina (66%), Tennessee (38%), and Texas (58%) – are leading by leaps and bounds.
Of the five states yet to report harvest progress, all are within 2 percent points of their respective five-year averages.
On Sept. 12, the USDA released its Crop Production report indicating a record corn harvest this year, with a forecast of 15.1 billion bushels. Yields are expected to average 174.4 bushels per acre.
The USDA will begin reporting numbers for the nationwide soybean harvest next week. Soybeans are progressing on par with the national five-year average but slightly behind last year’s pace. Currently, 26% of soybeans are dropping leaves.
Soybean conditions are well above last year’s report. Nearly 75% of soybeans are in good or better condition, compared to 61% in 2015.
As seen in the Crop Production report with corn, soybean production has been pegged by the USDA at a record 4.2 billion bushels. Yields are expected to average 50.6 bushels per acre.