The U.S. corn and soybean harvests made solid advances last week. Conditions in much of the Midwest and Plains were favorable, but rainfall did impact activity in some areas and there were reports of storm damage in some areas Sunday.
The USDA says 66% of U.S. corn is harvested, compared to 52% last week and the five-year average of 53%, while 73% of soybeans are harvested, compared to 60% a week ago and 70% on average.
80% of winter wheat is planted, matching the usual pace, with 55% emerged, compared to 59% on average, and 46% of the crop rated good to excellent, 5% higher than the first rating this time last year.
35% of cotton is harvested, compared to 41% on average, while 91% of bolls have opened, compared to 92% normally in late October, with 64% of the crop in good to excellent condition, unchanged on the week.
95% of rice is harvested, in-line with the five-year average.
24% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent shape, steady with a week ago.