The nation's winter wheat crop saw a three point improvement this week in its crop condition rating. USDA's crop progress report shows 55% of winter wheat is good-to-excellent, up from 52% last week. In the top wheat growing state of Kansas, 59% is good-excellent and 30% is fair.
Wheat growers are trying to finish planting before winter sets-in. USDA reports 91% is now planted which is on pace with the 5 year average. Seventy-five percent of the crop has emerged.
Soybean harvest is headed into the homestretch for most states in the Midwest. Overall, 90% is harvested, just a point behind the 5 year average. Any delays in the Corn Belt are limited to single digits.
With a majority of beans out of the field, farmers can now turn their attention to finish the corn harvest. Overall, 70% of the nation’s corn is harvested, 13 points behind the 5 year average. Last week the report showed corn harvest was 18 points behind.
State by state the upper Midwest is struggling to finish. Minnesota is 27 points behind with 60% harvested. Wisconsin is 26 points off the average pace with 37% of corn harvested. The nation's number one corn producing state of Iowa is 17 points behind, 67% is harvested.