October 28, 2003



Corn, Soybean Harvest in US Winding Down


Both U.S. corn and soybean harvests made significant progress over the week and are starting to wind down, as reported in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop progress report.


At the same time, winter wheat seedings are also nearly completed at 88% done, with 70% emerged. The first winter wheat ratings came in at 53% good to excellent.




The U.S. corn crop was 72% harvested as of Sunday, a large jump from 56% for the same time last week and in line with the five-year average also at 72%.


Corn harvesting is 81% done in Illinois, in line with the five-year average and Iowa's crop is 78% picked, up slightly from the average. Meanwhile, fieldwork is running slightly behind in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.


The Iowa state crop report said standing corn fields were few and far between as over three-quarters of Iowa's corn crop has been harvested.


Likewise the U.S. soybean harvest crop is also nearly complete and as of Sunday was 85% completed, up from 74% last week and in line with the five-year average of 84%.


Illinois soybean harvest is 90% done, while Iowa's soybean harvest is 98% done. Indiana's harvest is 84% complete and Ohio's cutting is 82% done.


Many farmers finished harvesting their soybean fields during the week, said the Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service.


Both the Illinois and Indiana state crop update said the harvest made good progress across the state over the last week until rains moved in over the weekend.


Meanwhile work remains delayed in Ohio, where growers have 36% of the corn crop harvested, which is nine days behind the 1998-2002 average. Ohio producers have 82% of Soybeans harvested, which is just two days behind the five-year average.




The U.S. winter wheat crop was 88% planted as of Sunday, up from 82% last week and up from 85% for the five-year average.


Winter wheat emergence is 70% complete, up from 61% last week and 67% for the five-year average.


In the first winter wheat ratings for the new crop, conditions were listed at 53% good to excellent. Ratings weren't listed for the same time last year.


The Kansas crop is now 92% planted, up from 85% last week and 94% for the five-year average. Kansas wheat emergence is listed at 71%, up from 63% last week and up from 76% on average.


The Kansas crop was listed at 59% good to excellent as of Sunday, which is down from 60% in last week's state crop report.
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