USDA: Harvests Fully Underway with Corn 11% Done; Soybean, 20%

USDA: Harvests Fully Underway with Corn 11% Done; Soybean, 20%

Soybean harvest

Soybean field in Filmore County being harvested Oct. 1.  (Photo by Brandy VanDeWalle)

 October 3, 2011

For the week ending October 2,  soybean harvest moved into full swing, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Green stemmed soybeans were making early harvest difficult; however, harvest progress of all fall crops was on pace with average. Dry bean harvest continued to advance while sugarbeet harvest was slowed with the hot weather. About half of the winter wheat crop has emerged. A lack of moisture to carry the wheat crop through the winter months is starting to be a concern.

Crop Condition and Harvest Progress

  • Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 6% poor, 19% fair, 55% good, and 18% excellent, below 82% good to excellent last year but near 75% average. Irrigated corn conditions rated 77% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 67%. Corn mature was 75%, well behind 88% last year but equal to average. Corn harvest was at 11%, behind 17% last year but near 12% average.|
     
  • Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3% poor, 18% fair, 58% good, and 20% excellent, near 77% good to excellent last year but above 74% average. Soybeans turning color was 98%, near 99% last year and average. Soybeans dropping leaves was 78%, well behind 90% last year and 88% average. Soybean harvest was at 20%, behind 29% last year but near 22% average.
     
  • Winter wheat seeded was 82%, above 79% last year and 80% average. Wheat emerged was 53%, ahead of 41% last year and 44% average.
     
  • Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 8% poor, 18% fair, 59% good, and 14% excellent, equal to last year and average. Sorghum mature was 75%, ahead of 72 last year and 56 average. Sorghum harvested was 7% complete, ahead of 5% last year and the 4% average.
     
  • Proso millet harvest was 64% complete, behind 70% last year but equal to average.
     
  • Dry beans dropping leaves were 99%, ahead of last year’s 96% and 92% average. Dry bean harvest was 80% complete, behind 83% last year but ahead of 7% average.
     
  • Alfalfa fourth cutting was 86% complete, ahead of 82% last year and 76% average.