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EPA approves DuPont's LeadOff herbicide
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Court may stop Alabama immigration law
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By Doane Economist
USDA released a new Crop Progress report on Oct. 3 for the week ending on Sunday, Oct. 2. The national corn condition rating held steady with last week at 52 percent good-to-excellent. This compares to 66 percent last year and 60 percent for the 10-year average. Corn harvested climbed six points last week to 21 percent. The harvest is behind last year’s early crop when the harvest was 37 percent at this point. Harvest is only two points below the 10-year average. USDA reports soybean harvesting progress is at 19 percent versus the 10-year average at 27 percent and 34 percent last year. The cotton crop rating was unchanged at 29 percent good to excellent. USDA reported the cotton crop harvest at 16 percent complete, up just three points from the previous week. Winter wheat planting progress increased to 42 percent, up from 26 percent the previous week.