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Crop progress: Corn harvest crosses the halfway mark

Soybean harvest now more than three-fourths complete as of October 22.

Ben Potter, Senior editor

October 23, 2023

1 Min Read
Filling grain truck with corn during harvest
Getty Images/Richard Hamilton Smith

USDA’s latest crop progress report, out Monday afternoon and covering the week through October 22, held some highly anticipated harvest data for several crops, including corn, soybeans and a series of important regional crops. USDA also updated its planting data for the 2023/24 winter wheat crop in today’s report.

Corn harvest moved from 45% complete a week ago up to 59% as of Sunday, mirroring analyst expectations. That puts this year’s effort on equal footing with 2022’s pace and moderately ahead of the prior five-year average of 54%.

Soybean harvest also made solid progress this past week, moving from 62% in the prior week up to 76% through Oct. 22. That was slightly below the average trade guess of 77%, and two points behind 2022’s pace of 78%, however. Still, it remains noticeable above the prior five-year average of 67%.

Other regional crops also made some harvest progress last week, including:

  • Sorghum = 67% (up from 53% last week)

  • Cotton = 41% (up from 33% last week)

  • Peanuts = 55% (up from 42% last week)

  • Rice = 91% (up from 88% last week)

  • Sugarbeets = 72% (up from 50% last week)

  • Sunflowers = 27% (up from 12% last week)

Winter wheat plantings for the 2023/24 season moved from 68% a week ago up to 77% as of Sunday. That puts the current effort slightly behind 2022’s pace of 78% and the prior five-year average of 78%.

Click here for more data from the latest UDSA crop progress report, including state-by-state pasture and range conditions.

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About the Author(s)

Ben Potter

Senior editor, Farm Futures

Senior Editor Ben Potter brings two decades of professional agricultural communications and journalism experience to Farm Futures. He began working in the industry in the highly specific world of southern row crop production. Since that time, he has expanded his knowledge to cover a broad range of topics relevant to agriculture, including agronomy, machinery, technology, business, marketing, politics and weather. He has won several writing awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association, most recently on two features about drones and farmers who operate distilleries as a side business. Ben is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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