USDA Report: 80% of Soybeans, 32% of Corn Harvested - UNL CropWatch, Oct. 21, 2013

USDA Report: 80% of Soybeans, 32% of Corn Harvested - UNL CropWatch, Oct. 21, 2013

October 21, 2013

With soybean harvest nearly complete, Nebraska producers are turning their attention to getting the state corn crop out of the field. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that by Sunday, 80% of the soybeans and 32% of the corn had been harvested. 

With last week's rains — an inch or more in the eastern two-thirds of the state — soil moisture continued to improve. Topsoil moisture is now rated 6% very short, 23% short, 69% adequate, and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture is rated 18% very short, 37% short, 45% adequate, and 0% surplus. Below normal temperatures, coupled with the rains, slowed harvest during the first part of the week, but conditions had dried out enough in most areas that combines were rolling again.

Crop Conditions

  • All corn condition rated 7% very poor, 7% poor, 18% fair, 47% good, and 21% excellent.  Irrigated corn conditions rated 84% good or excellent. Dryland corn condition rated 46% good or excellent.  Approximately 92% of the corn crop was mature, behind 100% last year but equal to the 92% average. Harvest was 32% complete, well behind 88% last year and the average of 44% by this time. Nationally, corn harvest was 39% complete, behind 85% last year and the five-year average of 53%.
     
  • Soybean conditions rated 3% very poor, 7% poor, 21% fair, 52% good, and 17% excellent.  Harvest was 80% complete, behind 94% last year but near the average of 81%. Nationally, soybean harvest was 63% complete, behind 79% last year and the five-year average of 69%.
     
  • Sorghum conditions rated 19% very poor, 21% poor, 25% fair, 33% good, and 2% excellent. Harvest was 32% complete, behind 60% last year but near the average of 30%. Nationally, sorghum harvest was 54% complete, behind 54% last year and the five-year average of 52%.
     
  • Winter wheat rated 3% poor, 25% fair, 68% good, and 4% excellent. Wheat was 96% seeded, near last year and the average of 97%. Seventy-three percent of the crop had emerged, ahead of 56% last year but behind the average of 80%.
     
  • Proso millet was 96% harvested, behind 93% last year but equal to the average of 86%.
     
  • The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 89% complete, behind 100% last year and the average of 96%.
     
  • Pasture and range condition was 14% very poor, 23% poor, 36% fair, 25% good, and 2% excellent.

USDA National Agricultural Statistcs Service