76% of U.S. corn, 88% of soybeans harvested

U.S. corn and soybean harvest activity continued to move forward over the past week.

Rain did delay activity in parts of the Midwest and Plains and while that’s helped replenish soil moisture and provide a slight boost to river levels, more will be needed in many areas.

The USDA says 76% of U.S. corn is harvested, compared to the five-year average of 64%, and 88% of soybeans are harvested, compared to 78% on average.

87% of winter wheat is planted, compared to the usual rate of 85%, and 62% has emerged, compared to 66% on average, with 28% of the crop in good to excellent shape, compared to last year’s first rating of 45%.

55% of cotton is harvested, compared to 47% normally in late October, and 96% of bolls have opened, compared to 94% typically this time of year.

97% of rice is harvested, matching the five-year average.

23% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are called good to excellent, up 1% on the week.

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