The U.S. corn harvest continued to advance well ahead of the average pace last week as fast progress in the eastern Corn Belt offset the impact of rain delays in western growing areas.
Soybean harvest also stayed ahead of the normal pace despite limited activity in the western Midwest.
USDA estimated 27% of the U.S. corn crop had been harvested as of Sunday, up from 18% a week earlier and the five-year average pace of 15%.
U.S. soybean harvest was estimated to be 17% complete, up from 8% a week earlier and the five-year average pace of 13%.
The Illinois corn harvest shot ahead to 57% complete compared with only 2% last year and the five-year average of 21%, while the state’s soybean harvest reached 22% done against an average pace of 13%.
The Illinois office of the National Statistics Agency noted that harvest progress was greatest in central and northern Illinois and that producers continued to report varying corn yields with the most disappointing yields being found on corn-following-corn fields. Farmers also reported that their better corn yields were coming off fields with lighter soils.
Iowa’s corn harvest advanced only 2 percentage points last week to 8% done against 2% last year and the five-year average pace of 5% as wet weather made things difficult for producers there.
The Iowa soybean harvest advanced 3 percentage points on the week to 7% done against last year’s pace of 4% and the average pace of 11%.