Who’s the Furthest Behind in Harvest?

November 15, 2009 06:00 PM

Sara Schafer, AgWeb Crops Online Editor
Most states should be parking the combines for corn harvest. But, according to the latest USDA Crop Progress ratings, that is far from the case. See which states are the furthest behind and which ones are finally finished.
Here's the latest corn harvest progress report from USDA:
State % Complete 5-Year Average % behind
5-Year Average
Illinois 52 95 73
North Dakota 8 74 66
South Dakota 27 82 55
Minnesota 43 91 48
Michigan 35 81 46
Wisconsin 38 77 39
Nebraska 48 86 38
Iowa 59 89 30
Indiana 63 92 29
Ohio 58 85 27
Pennsylvania 60 84 24
Missouri 72 92 20
Colorado 64 86 22
Kansas 80 95 15
Kentucky 95 99 4
Tennessee 98 100 2
Texas 97 99 2
North Carolina 100 100 0
Overall, for U.S. corn harvest, 54 percentage points of the crop have been harvested. This compares to the five-year average of 89 percentage points.
Slow, Slow Progress
In Illinois, harvest is obviously creeping along. A farmer from St. Clair and Madison counties, reported to AgWeb Crop Comments: "Finally almost 14 consecutive harvest days. There is still a large amount of corn to be harvested but as guys finish beans they seem to be content to harvest no matter what the moisture.”
Across the country, moisture seems to be what is slowing down harvest. A Brown County, S.D., farmer says, "Beans finally dry enough to harvest, but ground is not.”
This farmer reports to Crop Comments that his neighbor was faced with a stuck combine, as are many farmers all over northeast South Dakota.
Almost at the Finish Line
In Ellsworth County, Kan., a farmer reported he was able to finish fall harvesting of sorghum and soybeans on Nov. 11.
This late harvest has changed the plans for this Midwest farmer. "We intended to plan 350 acres of hard red winter wheat behind soybeans. However, because it has been so wet, we decided not to plant those acres to wheat.”
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You can e-mail Sara Schafer at sschafer@farmjournal.com.

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