Wet weather continues to delay fieldwork as the corn harvest lags in key states. This week’s Crop Progress report shows harvest activity picking up over the past week in northern states, but remaining well behind normal.. The report lists 94 percent of the U.S. corn crop as mature as of Nov. 1, up from 90 percent last week but behind one year ago, when USDA reported 98 percent mature. The five-year average for the date is 99 percent mature. 

Nationally, 25 percent of the corn crop is harvested, compared with 20 percent last week, 53 percent one year ago and 71 percent for the five-year average. In many key production states, the week-to-week increase in harvested acreage is in the single digits. Iowa, for example, advanced to 18 percent harvested from 12 percent last week, while Illinois went from 14 percent to 19 percent and Nebraska from 15 percent to 18 percent. Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin all report less than 15 percent of their corn harvested, with little progress over the past week. In North Dakota, just 2 percent of the crop is in.

Crop condition continues to look good, although declining somewhat, with 67 percent of the national corn crop rated good or excellent, compared with 69 percent last week and 64 percent one year ago.

For Soybeans, the agency rates 63 percent good or excellent, down from 65 percent a week ago. Soybean harvest also is underway across the country, with 51 percent harvested compared with 44 percent last week, 85 percent a year ago and 87 percent for the five-year average.

The full report is available online.