Corn And Soybean Harvest Speeding Up As Condition Declines

Crop development for the corn and soybean crops continues to outpace normal pace.

Published on: Sep 14, 2010

As the last of the growing season gets here and well into harvest for many crops USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says crops are maturing and being harvested at a faster than normal pace. Rippey says nationally corn crop is 52% mature.

"That's well ahead of the five-year average of 32% and last year's number of just 12% at this time," Rippey said. "The corn harvest has advanced to 11% with the five-year average being 6% and last year's number at 3%"

Corn condition has declined slightly this week at 68% still in good-to-excellent shape, down one percent from a week earlier.

Soybean condition also declined by 1% this week with 63% of the crop in good-to-excellent condition.

"We've passed the one-third mark on dropping leaves," Rippey said. "By Sept. 12 it reached 38%, five-year average is 30%, last year was only 16%."