Harvest Nears the Finish Line

Corn and soybean farmers are making major gains toward completion of this year’s harvest.

Monday’s Crop Progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reflects that growing trend – harvest is nearing the finish line in a number of the 18 top states for corn and soybean production.

Corn harvest is officially 91% completed as of Nov. 17, 2013, with many states reporting close to 95% completion. States still far behind include Michigan (75%), North Dakota (78%) and Wisconsin (74%), according to USDA survey statistics. North Carolina reports it has completed the corn harvest.

The corn harvest was 99% completed as of Nov. 17, 2012; the rate of harvest exceeds the five-year average for 2008-2012 of 86% completed by this time of the year.

The soybean harvest is 95% completed in the 18 top-producing states, compared to 98% completed as of Nov. 17, 2012 and just shy of the 96% average completion rate for 2008-2012.

Individually, states citing completed soybean harvest consist of Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota. Many other states are close to completion. Lagging well behind are Kentucky (78%), Missouri (86%), North Carolina (50%) and Tennessee (75%).

Read the full report at www.usda.gov [3].