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Crop progress: Harvest begins in Midwest

The Sept. 18 crop progress report shows conditions are steady for the most part across the Corn Belt, however soybeans did fall a point.

Corn harvest

The corn harvest is off to a slow start across the country. The report shows 7% is complete, according the four year average of 11%. In the Midwest, Illinois and Indiana is leading the way with 5% complete. Others reporting harvest has started include Pennsylvania (4%); Michigan (3%); Ohio, Iowa and Colorado with 1%.

Three states that are reporting being half way complete include Texas (67%); North Carolina (68%) and Tennessee with 46%.


Soybean harvest

The soybean harvest in the Midwest has officially started with 4% complete. That’s down 1% from the four year average. States that have officially began include Nebraska (3%); Minnesota and Indiana (2%); Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Ohio with 1%.


Soybean condition

The latest crop condition report shows the soybean condition fell a point from last week. The report showed 48% of the soybeans are in good condition; 29% in fair and 11% in excellent. Last week, 49% of the soybean crop was in good condition; 28% in fair and 11% in excellent condition.



Dropping leaves

According to the crop progress report, 41% of this year’s soybean crop is dropping leaves. That’s down 2% from the four year average. Two states that are lagging behind are Wisconsin and Missouri with only 19% dropping.


Corn dented

The crop progress report shows the majority of the corn crop is dented. The crop progress report shows 86% of the crop is dented, that’s down from the average of 4%. States that are falling behind the average are North Dakota, Pennsylvania (77%); Ohio (74%); Michigan (73%); Colorado (71%) and Wisconsin (67%).


Corn mature

The amount of corn considered mature is 34% down from the four year average of 47%. States that are falling the farthest behind are Colorado (19%); Michigan and North Dakota (17%); South Dakota (14%); Minnesota (13%); and Wisconsin (10%).


Corn condition

The corn crop condition is staying steady. According to the crop progress report, 48% of the corn is in good condition; 26% fair and 13% in excellent condition.

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