November 3, 2008

Dry weather moves corn harvest ahead

Nebraska's corn crop jumped from 21 percent harvested as of Oct. 26 to 35 percent harvested as of Nov. 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today. Nationally, harvest went from 39 to 55 percent completed.

Rapid progress came as dry, warm weather dominated the week, allowing soil and the crop to dry down and farmers to put in long days in the field.

Harvest is behind a year ago and the five-year average - but that is to be expected in a year where everything has been behind. (The five-year average is 74 percent of corn harvested by now for Nebraska, and 79 percent nationally.)

Anecdotal reports from the field still indicate that corn yields are "above expectations," so it should be interesting to see what USDA says next Monday when it updates it's crop production and supply/demand reports.

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