For the first time in three weeks, we have an update on how the harvest is progressing. With the government shutdown over, the USDA is again publishing its crop progress report. The previous report was Sept. 30. This week’s report shows soybeans 68 percent harvested – ahead of the five-year average of 67 percent – while corn is 51 percent harvested, behind the five-year average of 61 percent.
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“I’d say from Central Illinois south, corn and bean harvests have been moving at a pretty good clip. As you go into Northern Illinois, bean harvest has gone at a pretty good clip, and guys are starting to hit corn pretty hard,” said Rod Weinzierl, executive director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association.
The winter wheat crop is 68 percent planted, 24 percent emerged.
In terms of condition, the corn is rated 47 percent good, 24 percent fair and 21 percent excellent. Beans are 52 percent good, 29 percent fair and 10 percent excellent.