Corn maturity and soybean leaf drop this fall are close to average rates. Corn harvest and soybean harvest, however, are significantly behind the average. Despite that, crop conditions continue to hold steady for both corn and soybeans.
Seventy-seven percent of the overall corn crop has reached maturity. This is only 4 points behind the five-year average. Corn harvest is lagging behind average, with only 17% of the overall crop harvested. On average, nearly one-third of the overall crop has been harvested at this point. Several states have harvested less than 10% of their corn, including: Iowa (5%), Michigan (3%), Minnesota (5%), North Dakota (1%), South Dakota (5%) and Wisconsin (3%).
Despite the late harvest, crop conditions are holding steady from last week, still sitting at 74% good/excellent. Only 7% of the overall corn crop is in very poor/poor condition. Corn in the best condition is in Missouri (87% good/excellent) and Tennessee (86%). Kansas has the most corn in very poor/poor condition at 16%.
Eighty-three percent of the overall soybean crop has been dropping leaves, just 1 point behind the five-year average. Soybean harvest is 15 points behind average, with the overall crop just 20% harvested. Half a dozen states have harvested less than 10% of their soybeans, including: Iowa (9%), Kansas (8%), Michigan (8%), Missouri (9%), North Carolina (6%) and Wisconsin (7%).
Overall soybean condition gained an extra point in the excellent rating, putting the overall good/excellent rating at 83%. Soybeans in the best condition are in Tennessee (83%) and Louisiana (82%). Michigan has the most soybeans in very poor/poor condition at 14%.