Still Nearly 28 Million Corn Acres in the Field

Posted on 11/12/2019 3:42 PM

Corn harvest advanced 14 percentage points to 66% complete as of Sunday, which was two percentage points lighter than expected. That’s still well behind 85% harvested for the five-year average. Illinois has picked 71% of its crop (93% on average), with Indiana at 72% harvested (85%), Iowa at 64% (86%), Kansas at 90% (94%), Minnesota at 63% (87%), Nebraska at 74% (83%) and South Dakota at 39% (82%).

Frigid temperatures and snow will make getting the roughly 27.8 million acres of corn yet to be harvested for grain challenging. It also means a lot of fall fieldwork will have to wait until spring.

 

Still 15% of the bean crop left to combine

Soybean harvest moved 10 points ahead over the past week to 85% complete as of Nov. 10, whereas analysts surveyed by Reuters expected harvest to come in at 87% complete. The five-year average puts the usual pace at 92% complete at this point in the season. That implies that around 11.3 million acres were still in the field as of Sunday.

The state-by-state breakdown shows Illinois producers had harvested 87% of their crop as of Sunday (95% on average), with Indiana at 88% harvested (91%), Iowa at 91% (96%), Minnesota at 91% (99%), Missouri at 72% (82%), Nebraska at 96% (97%), and South Dakota at 91% (98%).

 

Cotton harvest continues to advance at a relatively quick clip

Cotton harvest advanced nine percentage points over the past week to 62% complete, which is three points more advanced than the five-year average. Texas has picked 50% of its crop versus the usual 46%.

 

Winter wheat 92% planted and 78% emerged as cold weather strikes

Ninety-two percent of the U.S. winter wheat crop had been planted as of Sunday before an arctic blast hit the country’s midsection, possibly causing some winterkill and bringing planting efforts to a halt. The key producing state of Kansas had 96% of the crop in the ground. As of Sunday, 78% of the crop had emerged, which is three percentage points behind the five-year average.

USDA unexpectedly shaved three points off the amount of crop it rates “good” to “excellent,” dropping that figure to 54%. That’s steady with last year at this time. 

 

This week

Last week

Year-ago

Very poor

3

4

3

Poor

10

9

9

Fair

33

30

34

Good

43

45

45

Excellent

11

12

9

 

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