Corn harvest is inching along, according to the USDA Crop Progress report released on Monday, Oct. 21.
To date, the corn harvest is only 30% complete, up 8 points week-on-week, but well behind the five-year average of 47%.
Key production states including Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are behind historical progress averages.
Analysts blame inclement weather conditions, rain primarily and some snow showers, for hampering harvest progress in much of the Midwest.
Approximately 56% of the corn harvested to date is rated good to excellent. That’s 2 percentage points better than analysts had anticipated, according to Allendale, Inc.
Soybean harvest is moving faster, jumping from 26% complete last week to 46% this week. That’s still well behind the 51% that was harvested by this same time last year and the five-year average of 64%.
Fifty-four percent of soybeans harvested are rated good to excellent, while 66% of the crop was rated as such a year ago.
Spring wheat harvest is at 96% completion. It was at 100% this same time last year and for the five-year average, also.