USDA'S Crop Progress report shows the Midwest harvest is starting to fall further behind the five year average. In some cases, the delays are significant.
Overall the soybean harvest is seven points behind, at 36% completed. Last week's report showed soybean harvest four points behind. There are major delays in western and upper Midwest states. Soybean harvest in Minnesota is 41 percentage points behind the five year average with just 22% harvested. South Dakota soy harvest is 37 points behind with 22% harvested. Soybean harvest in Iowa is 19 points behind with 26% complete.
The crop condition improved by a point from last week. 61% is rated good to excellent. There are also delays in the corn harvest picture. Overall, 22% has been harvested, that’s 15 points behind the five-year average. All of the top corn growing states in the Midwest are showing delays in USDA’s latest report. Minnesota is 22 points behind with just 4% of the state's corn harvested. Iowa is 20 points behind, with 8% complete.
Corn condition also improved by a point this week. 64% is rated good to excellent. The report is also showing delays in winter wheat planting with just 48% seeded. That's ten points behind the five year average. Kansas wheat growers have seeded 27% of the crop. It's usually at 59% by now.
The weekly report was delayed by a day due to Monday's observance of Columbus Day.
Wes Mills and Anna-Lisa Laca contributed to this story.