Corn harvest progress made an impressive jump from last week.
As of Oct. 27, USDA estimates 98% of the corn crop is mature and 59% of the crop has been harvested. As of Oct. 20, only 39% of the crop had been harvested.
In 2012, 91% of the crop had been harvested by Oct. 27, and the five-year average for this time of the year is 62% complete.
Farmers in Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee all have more than 70% of their crops out of the field. Michigan and North Dakota are the furthest behind, with only about 1/3 of their crops harvested.
According to more than 400 yield reports to AgWeb’s Corn Harvest Map, favorable yields are still coming in across the country. The current national average from the map is 172 bu. per acre (for the second week in a row), and these reports encompass nearly 230,000 acres.
Here are some corn reports via AgWeb's Crop Comments:
10/28 - Mecklenburg County, Va.: The bean crops in our area are doing pretty well. We are just now starting to get ready to harvest. The corn crops however are not doing so well. Like most of the posts I have seen the corn here also drowned before it could reach maturity.
10/23 - Lac Qui Parle, Minn.: Finished soybeans a week ago -- good yields. About 1/3 done with corn. Moisture 18-23 and good yields.
10/22 - Southwest Michigan: Rain has put soybean harvest at a standstill. The weather forecast had us set for three straight days of sunshine and inside of 12 hours it now has us set for 3 days of snow and rain showers. Started running corn while beans are drying down, so far the yields have been very good. Moisture levels are running 19% on corn planted the first week of May.
10/22 - Clark County, Wis.: We’ve harvested 35 bu. corn and 12 bu. beans. I can’t wait for 2014.
10/21 - Richland County, N.D.: We received another inch of rain this weekend on top of the 11 inches we have had in the last several weeks. It is very wet with only those farmers in sandy soil or having track equipment are going. The corn is breaking down due to weak stalks. Soybeans are about one third done and corn is just getting started. Yield in corn is average with soybeans generally below average to some very poor fields.
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