Crops stable; corn combines roll -- USDA
Corn and soybean conditions both took small steps lower in the last week as farmers start to put more of a dent into this fall's corn harvest.And from CattleNetwork:
As of Sunday, 22% of the nation's corn crop is in good or excellent condition, while 52% is in poor or very poor shape, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report. The latter figure's up 1% from last week's report. The same move is true for soybeans; 30% of the nation's bean crop is in good or excellent shape while 38% is in poor or very poor condition.
Rain -- some in amounts in excess of 8 inches -- fell over the weekend, which could help the soybean crop make the final push through pod-fill. "The widespread rain this weekend was very welcome and hopefully helped the soybean crop set and fill a few more pods," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said Monday afternoon. "The crop continues to mature rapidly and will likely result in a record early harvest in many parts of the state this year."...MORE
...Corn harvest going strong
About one-fourth of the nation’s corn is mature, with 76 percent dented. Looking at the past 27 years of Crop Progress reports, last week’s report was the earliest in the season that harvest has been reported.
This week. the progress continued with 11 states reporting progress in the early harvest season:
|Percentage of corn harvested|
|Aug. 26, 2011||Aug. 19, 2012||Aug. 26, 2012||2007- 2011 Average|