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Crop progress: Harvest begins in Midwest

Harvesting soybeans Photo by Greg Lamp
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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