October 5, 2009

Corn harvest creeping along

Farmers in Nebraska have harvested 6 percent of the corn crop, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today. That's up from last week's 3 percent but behind the five-year average of 16 percent. (Last year at this time, 8 percent of the crop was in the bin.)

Many farmers are still wrapping up soybeans. USDA said 27 percent of soybeans have been harvested so far.

USDA said 63 percent of Nebraska corn was mature, up significantly from the 33 percent mature last week but behind the 80 percent average.

As for crop condition, USDA said 81 percent of Nebraska corn is in good to excellent condition.

On a national level, 70 percent of the crop was rated good to excellent, which is 9 points ahead of last year; 57 percent of the crop was considered mature, 27 points behind the five-year average. Only 10 percent of the crop has been harvested, up 4 points from last week but still 15 points behind average.

Many weeks of busy fall work remain for farmers across the country.

For the full crop progress report, click here.

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