USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report (Oct. 12): Soybean Harvest Approaches Half-Way Point, Corn Not Far Behind

U.S. soybean and corn conditions got a bit better in the past week as harvest approached the half-way point.

The soybean rating went from 58% to 59% good/excellent for the week ending Oct. 10, while corn improved from 59% to 60%, according to today's U.S. Department of Agriculture's Crop Progress Report.

Both ratings, involving crops planted in 18 selected states, were lower than last year's when soybeans were rated 63% good/excellent and corn was rated 61%.

Harvest for both was running ahead of last year's pace at 49% (vs. 40%) complete for soybeans and 41% (vs. 31%) for corn.

Among top-producing states, Nebraska had 60% of soybeans harvested and 29% corn harvested compared to Illinois, which had 43% soybeans harvested and 55% corn harvested.

As for quality, Nebraska had the best soybeans at 75% good/excellent and Nebraska, Illinois, and Indiana were tied for the best corn at 70% good/excellent.

For the full USDA report for Oct. 12 and previous weeks, click here.

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