This week’s Crop Progress report, released Tuesday due to the Monday holiday, shows more of the crop maturing but not a lot of harvest activity since last week. The report lists 74 percent of the U.S. corn crop as mature, a good improvement from 57 percent last week but behind one year ago, when USDA reported 84 percent mature. The five-year average for the date is 92 percent mature. 

Nationally, 13 percent of the corn crop is harvested, compared with 10 percent last week, 20 percent one year ago and 35 percent for the five-year average. Wet weather reportedly has kept combines out of fields in many areas over the past week. Most harvested acreage, naturally, is in the south, but this report shows some harvest activity in big corn states such as Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. Kansas has harvested 40 percent of its corn crop while Indiana and Nebraska report 10 percent harvested. The rest of the key Corn Belt states remain in the single digits for harvested acres.

Crop condition continues to look good, with 70 percent of the national corn crop rated good or excellent, compared with 70 percent last week and 62 percent one year ago.

For soybeans, the agency rates 65 percent good or excellent, compared with 67 percent last week and 57 percent one year ago. Soybean harvest also is underway across the country, with 23 percent harvested compared with 15 percent last week, 49 percent a year ago and 57 percent for the five-year average.

For pasture and range, the agency rates 48 percent as good or excellent, compared with 48 percent last week and 38 percent at this time last year. As we’ve seen through this growing season, trouble spots for pasture and range conditions are in the west and southwest, with California suffering the worst conditions. Arizona, New Mexico and Texas also report significant percentages of pasture and range in poor condition.

Read the full report.