52% of U.S. corn, soybeans rated good to excellent

The 2023 U.S. corn harvest is underway.

The USDA says 5% of the crop is harvested, compared to the five-year average of 4%, with 97% at the dough making stage, 82% dented, and 34% mature, all also faster than average. 52% of U.S. corn is rated good to excellent, down 1% on the week.

52% of soybeans are in good to excellent condition, 1% less than last week, with 31% dropping leaves, compared to 25% normally in early to mid-September.

87% of spring wheat is harvested, matching the usual pace.

7% of winter wheat is planted, matching the five-year average.

98% of cotton is setting bolls, 43% of bolls are opening, and 8% is harvested, all ahead of the typical respective speeds, with 29% of the crop called good to excellent, a decrease of 2%.

45% of rice is harvested, compared to 35% on average, and 71% of the crop is in good to excellent shape, up 1%.

97% of sorghum has headed, 74% is coloring, 37% has reached maturity, and 21% is harvested, all close to normal, with 44% of the crop called good to excellent, unchanged.

33% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are reported as good to excellent, 3% lower.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports continue through November.

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