Nation's Wheat Planting, Corn and Cotton Harvest Progress Right on TrackTue, 13 Oct 2015 20:44:46 CDT
The nation's winter wheat planting was progressing nearly exactly on schedule. That's according to the latest crop progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Additionally, the nation's corn and cotton harvest was on track with the five-year average. Sorghum and soybean harvest progress remains ahead, while peanut harvest remains slightly behind.
Winter wheat planting reached 64 percent complete. That's near the average of 66. Thirty-three percent of the crop has emerged. That was three points behind average.
USDA reports corn harvest has reached 42 percent complete. That was near the five year average of 43. Harvest progress ranged from 88 percent complete in North Carolina to 15 percent complete in Colorado and North Dakota. Total progress came within one percentage point of the five-year average. The quality of the corn crop was unchanged with 68 percent in good to excellent condition.
"While estimates of the crop in the northern regions of the Corn Belt could still shift as harvest gets further underway, we can now see a clearer picture of the 2015 corn grown over much of the country," said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a grower from Maryland. "Despite difficulties with early season flooding, the overall crop is on track to have the second-highest national average yield on record. At NCGA, we continuously work to grow demand for this sustainable, abundant crop as our nation's farmers work hard to get it in the bins."
Sorghum harvest was 51 percent complete. That was well ahead of five-year average of 44. The quality of the crop rated 66 percent in good to excellent condition.
Soybean harvest was 62 percent complete, eight points ahead of the five-year average. The soybean crop condition was steady with last week, with 64 percent in good to excellent condition.
Cotton harvest was 22 percent complete. That was near the five-year average of 25. Cotton bolls opening was at 89 percent, ahead of the five-year average of 84. Crop condition was downgraded slightly with 47 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition.
Peanut harvest was 32 percent complete. That's behind the five-year average of 37. The condition of the crop dropped four points since last week, with 63 percent in good to excellent condition.
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