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Crop Harvest Continues Slow Pace


This year’s harvest of both corn and soybeans continues well behind last year’s pace, when drought accelerated completion, and wet weather has contributed to the slower levels that are behind the five-year average, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

As of Oct. 20, 2013, corn harvest in the 18 top-producing states was 39% completed, compared to 85% in 2012 and 53% for the five-year-average (2008-2012). Colorado’s corn harvest came in at the average of 39%, while leading corn-producing states varied from 51% in Illinois and 43% in Indiana to just 35% in Iowa and 19% completed in Minnesota. Missouri registered at 63% compared to just 19% in Nebraska and 31% in Ohio.

For soybeans, harvest was 63% completed in the 18 states surveyed led by Minnesota (80%), Nebraska (80%) and Iowa (70%) among top crop producers. The average compares to 79% in 2012 and a five-year average (2008-2012) of 69%. South Dakota came in at 75% completed followed by Ohio at 71%, Iowa at 70%, Illinois at 68%, Indiana at 64% and Missouri at just 36% of its soybean harvest completed.



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