Farmers were able to continue their corn harvest last week, improving by 13 percentage points to 78 percent complete, but harvest is 12 percentage points behind this time last year. Harvest is 98 percent complete in Nebraska and 97 percent in Tennessee and Texas. Most of the 18 corn-producing states are at least 75 percent of the way complete, but a few are behind including Pennsylvania (39 percent), Michigan (32 percent), and Ohio (18 percent).

Corn harvest at this point last year was 90 percent complete, well above the 2006-2010 average of 62 percent.

According to the USDA, 89 percent of winter wheat is planted, up 1 percentage point from the five-year average, but 3 points under last year’s rate. Nebraska has 98 percent of its winter wheat in the emerged stage followed by Colorado at 95 percent. Almost half (46 percent) of this year’s winter wheat crop is in good or excellent condition.

Soybeans harvested is 8 percentage points ahead of the five-year average with 87 percent of the harvest complete. Ohio and Minnesota have completed 100 percent of their harvest, Missouri is 98 percent complete.

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