Corn harvest progress during the third week of September, 1985-2012
Corn harvest progress during the third week of September, 1985-2012

Corn harvest surges ahead on record-setting paceCorn harvest has made double-digit advances since the USDA’s Crop Progress last week, maintaining a pace that continues to set records. 

In a Reuters poll, 11 analysts expected harvest to be nearing 25 percent, and Monday’s report didn’t disappoint. The report showed that 26 percent of corn has been harvested,  putting this year’s harvest at the fastest since 1985.

Corn Harvest: One-fourth of the way there

Nearly all (97 percent) of the nation’s corn has dented, and 76 percent is now mature.Ten states are within 20 percentage points of reaching 100 percent of mature corn.

The main story, however, is focused on the incredible pace of this year’s corn harvest:

 

Percent corn harvested

This week

26

Last week

15

Last year

8

Sept. 18, 1988

13


Farmers were able to take advantage of ideal Corn harvest surges ahead on record-setting pacecondition last week, gaining 11 percentage points from last week.

“Corn harvest would have sped ahead even faster last week but light rain halted combining in some areas and some farmers elected to let the crop dry down in the field rather than pay drying expenses,” the Reuters article reported.

This year’s harvest has been the fastest in the USDA’s history of the Crop Progress, which dates back to 1985.

It has outpaced all reports from this point in the month by a minimum of 8 percentage point.

Other reports with a fast pace include 2010 (18 percent), (18 percent), 1987 (16 percent), 2000 (15 percent) and 2007 (14 percent).

The average for the third week of September is around 9 percent.

Corn conditions across the nation continue to improve:

 

Very Poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

This week

25

25

26

21

3

Last week

26

26

26

19

3

Last year

8

13

28

40

11


Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois and Kansas continue to have the worst conditions of the country, with at least 71 percent rated in poor to very poor condition. See how your state is doing here.

Soybeans: Harvest hits 10 percent

The Crop Progress report also showed that more than half of the nation’s soybeans have dropped their leaves, and harvest has now reached double-digits:

 

Percent soybeans harvested

This week

10

Last week

4

Last year

4

Sept. 18, 1988

7


This is the second-highest pace recorded since 1985, putting it just 1 percentage point below the report from 1987.

Conditions, like corn, improved slightly this week:

 

Very Poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

This week

15

21

31

28

5

Last week

15

21

32

27

5

Last year

5

13

29

43

10


Missouri and Kansas reported the highest percentages of crops in poor to very poor condition, with 71 and 69 percent of crops in these conditions.