Growers Continue Ahead of Average Harvest Pace, Condition Steadies

According to the latest progress report from USDA - the nation's corn harvest is well above the five-year average pace of 2-percent. Monday's report shows that as of the final day of September - 54-percent of the corn crop was harvested. That's more than 35-percent ahead of last year's pace and a jump of 15-percent in just the last week. States in the Plains, the mid-South and Corn Belt all showed a great deal of progress. The crop's condition improved slightly - with 25-percent of the crop now rated in good to excellent condition. Fifty-two percent of the crop was rated in the good to excellent category a year ago. Soybean harvest is well ahead of the five-year average pace as well - with 41-percent now completed. That's a 19-percent climb from the previous week and 22-percent ahead of the five-year average. The condition of the soybean crop held steady at 35-percent good to excellent. Fifty-four percent was rated good to excellent at this time last year.

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