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Aug. 27 Crop Progress: Corn Harvest Slowly Progresses, Soybeans Dropping Leaves

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Aug. 27 Crop Progress: Corn Harvest Slowly Progresses, Soybeans Dropping Leaves


Nearly all corn has reached dough stage, and nearly all soybeans have set pods. As corn harvest begins, the corn crop condition lost another point in good/excellent condition. Soybeans are starting to drop leaves, and overall soybean condition also lost a point in good/excellent condition.

The corn crop continues to progress well ahead of average. Ninety-five percent of the crop has reached dough stage against a five-year average of 81%. The crop is just over three-fourths dented compared to a 46% five-year average. All states are seeing mature corn at this point. Just over one-quarter of the crop is mature now. This is significantly more than the 8% five-year average. Corn harvest has started in many of the major corn-producing states. States yet to harvest any corn include: Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Overall, 6% of the corn crop has been harvested, 4 points ahead of the five-year average.

Just under one-fifth of the corn crop is in good/excellent condition. At 22%, the corn in good/excellent condition lost a point in the last week. The overall corn crop now sits at 52% very poor/poor. For reference, the crop last year at this time was about opposite with 19% in very poor/poor condition and 54% in good/excellent condition.

The overall soybean crop is also progressing ahead of average, although not as fast as the corn crop. Ninety-six percent of the crop has set pods, 4 points ahead of the five-year average. All but two states (Illinois and Wisconsin) are seeing leaves drop on soybeans. So far, 8% of the crop has started losing leaves, ahead of the 4% five-year average.

Soybeans in good condition lost a point over the last week, bringing the overall good/excellent condition to 30%. Thirty-eight percent of the overall soybean crop is in very poor/poor condition. Last year, only 15% of the crop was in this condition, while 57% of the overall soybean crop was in good/excellent condition at this time in 2011.

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