Five percent of the nation’s corn crop had been harvested as of Sept. 11, according to USDA’s latest Crop Progress report released Monday. Illinois and Indiana reported 3% of their crops were in the bin, while Iowa and Nebraska logged 1% harvested.
That Illinois harvest figure is only about half the average amount, probably due to excessive moisture in the state. Keith Landis, who farms in northern Illinois, told DTN, “If we get another 12 inches of rain in September like we did in August, the crop may be ready but the fields will not.”
Eighty-seven percent of the nation’s corn is in the dent stage, compared to 76% last week, 84% last year and an 82% average. Thirty-three percent of the corn is mature, compared to 18% last week, 31% last year and a 32% average. Corn condition held steady at 74% good to excellent.
Soybeans were 26% dropping leaves, compared to 12% last week, 30% last year and a 25% average. Soybean condition ratings held steady at 73% good to excellent.
Winter wheat planting was reported for the first time this growing season with 6% in the ground, compared to 7% last year and a 7% five-year average.
Sorghum was 83% coloring, compared to 74% last week, 80% last year and a 72% average. Forty-four percent of sorghum was mature, compared to 38% last week, 40% last year and a five-year average of 38%. Twenty-six percent of the crop is harvested, compared to 20% last week, 26% last year and a 27% average. Sorghum condition decreased slightly to 65% good to excellent, compared 66% last week.
Barley is 95% harvested, compared to 91% last week, 98% last year and a 92% average.
|National Crop Progress Summary|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves||26||12||30||25|
|Winter Wheat Planted||6||NA||7||7|
|Spring Wheat Harvested||94||91||96||86|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||41||33||42||45|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
For the week ending September 11, 2016, temperatures averaged two to four degrees below normal across western Nebraska, but two to four degrees above normal in the east, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Precipitation of an inch was common across north central areas, portions of the east, and central Nebraska. Southwestern areas and much of the Panhandle remained dry. Cutting Silage was active and the first fields of high moisture corn were being harvested for feedlot use. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 27 short, 61 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 7 percent very short, 28 short, 63 adequate, and 2 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 20 fair, 57 good, and 17 excellent. Corn dented was 89 percent, ahead of 83 last year, and near the five-year average of 87. Mature was 28 percent, ahead of 23 last year, and near 25 average. Harvested was 1 percent, equal to last year, and near 4 average.
Sorghum condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 64 good, and 21 excellent. Sorghum coloring was 95 percent, ahead of 81 last year, and well ahead of 75 average. Mature was 22 percent, ahead of 9 last year and 7 average.
Soybeans condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 60 good, and 17 excellent. Soybeans dropping leaves was 29 percent, near 33 last year, but ahead of 22 average.
Winter wheat planted was 19 percent, ahead of 13 last year, and near 16 average.
Alfalfa condition rated 4 percent very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 59 good, and 13 excellent. Alfalfa fourth cutting was 51 percent, near 55 last year, but ahead of 45 average.
Dry edible beans condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 33 fair, 55 good, and 9 excellent. Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 78 percent, behind 89 last year, but ahead of 70 average. Harvested was 16 percent, behind 22 last year, but near 15 average.
Proso millet harvested was 12 percent, well behind 38 last year, and behind 26 average.
Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 25 fair, 55 good, and 8 excellent.
Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 12 short, 86 adequate, and 1 surplus.
For the week ending September 11, 2016, rainfall amounts of six inches or more occurred in the southeast quarter of the State, while other areas received an inch or less, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were four to six degrees above normal. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 3 percent very short, 9 short, 74 adequate, and 14 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 2 percent very short, 12 short, 78 adequate, and 8 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Winter wheat planted was 4 percent, equal to last year, and near the five-year average of 3.
Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 7 poor, 25 fair, 55 good, and 12 excellent. Corn dough was 97 percent, near 99 both last year and average. Dented was 88 percent, equal to last year, and near 89 average. Mature was 42 percent, behind 48 last year and 49 average. Harvested was 8 percent, near 9 last year, and behind 19 average.
Soybean condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 25 fair, 55 good, and 15 excellent. Soybeans setting pods was 95 percent, equal to both last year and average. Dropping leaves was 12 percent, near 16 last year, and behind 18 average.
Sorghum condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 58 good, and 16 excellent. Sorghum coloring was 84 percent, ahead of 78 last year, and well ahead of 62 average. Mature was 19 percent, equal to last year, and ahead of 11 average. Harvested was 1 percent, near 2 both last year and average.
Cotton condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 29 fair, 66 good, and 2 excellent. Cotton setting bolls was 82 percent, behind 91 last year and 90 average. Bolls opening was 15 percent, behind 21 last year and 24 average. Harvested was 1 percent, equal to last year, and near 0 average.
Sunflower condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 28 fair, 63 good, and 7 excellent. Sunflowers ray flowers dried was 47 percent, near 45 last year, but behind 58 average. Bracts turning yellow was 18 percent.
Alfalfa hay condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 31 fair, 58 good, and 7 excellent. Alfalfa hay fourth cutting was 63 percent complete, near 62 last year, and well ahead of 43 average.
Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 23 fair, 59 good, and 13 excellent.
Stock water supplies were 1 percent very short, 5 short, 81 adequate, and 13 surplus.