Corn harvest progresses at record pace

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After a week of mostly dry and warm conditions, the USDA showed in its weekly Crop Progress report that farmers have made more progress in harvesting this year’s corn crop, setting a pace that is fastest in the report’s history dating back to 1985.  

Corn harvest is under way in 17 of the 18 reporting states, with Wisconsin the only state remaining to not yet reporting any progress. Texas and Tennessee showed the highest percentages of harvested corn at 64 percent and 62 percent, respectively.

With a national average of 15 percent, this year’s harvest is progressing three times as fast as the five-year average of 5 percent:

Percentage of corn harvested

 

----Week Ending----

 

 

Sept. 9, 2011

Sept. 2, 2012

Sept. 9, 2012

2007-2011 Average

U.S.

5

10

15

5

Kentucky

16

37

47

21

Missouri

18

44

53

15

North Carolina

63

25

42

44

Tennessee

37

49

64

38


corn harvest This year is the fastest pace ever recorded by the USDA, with just two years – 2010 and 1987 – coming within 5 percentage points of this week’s report:

  • September 13, 2010: 11 percent
  • September 13, 1987: 10 percent 

On Wednesday, the USDA will release its monthly supply-demand and crop product production reports. The CME Group reports that the USDA had previously pegged harvest corn acres at 87.4 million, which is the high of analysts’ pre-report estimates. The average estimate was 86.174 million, making it just 89.4 percent of planted acres.  

Corn conditions were unchanged again this week:

 

Very Poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

This week

26

26

26

19

3

Last week

26

26

26

19

3

Last year

7

13

27

42

11

Sept. 11, 1988

11

34

36

17

2

Despite being soaked by the remnants of Hurricane Isaac over Labor Day weekend, a sizeable majority of the Missouri and Illinois crop was still in "poor" or "very poor" condition. 

 

Very Poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Illinois

41

34

20

5

-

Missouri

58

26

11

4

1


Soybeans: Conditions improve, harvest begins
Thirty-six percent of soybeans have now dropped leaves, which is well above the five-year average of 20 percent.  Harvest has started in 11 states, with a national average of 4 percent. This was the first report of 2012 indicating soybean harvest progress.

 All eyes have been on soybean conditions, which improved by 2 percentage points this week:

 

Very Poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

This week

15

21

32

27

5

Last week

16

21

33

26

4

Last year

5

12

27

44

12


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