Corn Harvest Still Unfinished

Cindy Zimmerman

The USDA crop progress report out yesterday afternoon should have been the last one for the 2019 season. But with 16 percent of the nation’s corn crop still in the field, NASS will continue to evaluate harvest progress for all crops each week to determine how long to continue the report.

As of Sunday, 84 percent of the corn crop was harvested, compared to 96 percent for the five year average, with Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin trailing furthest behind. North Dakota still has 70 percent of the corn crop in the field. Normally, the state should be 91 percent complete.

Meanwhile, the soybean harvest is 94 percent complete nationwide, just a few percentage points behind average, but basically normal for the country and all of the states running behind on corn.

NASS is now gearing up for the annual December crops and livestock. During the first two weeks of December, NASS will survey over 81,000 United States producers to obtain final information about 2019 U.S. row crops focusing on harvested acreage, production, and storage.

The survey will also be used to help establish county level estimates used by the Farm Service Agency for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Risk Management Agency to administer insurance programs. In addition, hog producers will be asked about their current inventory, pig crop, and farrowing intentions for the next six months. The results will be available beginning with the Hogs and Pigs report on December23, followed by the Annual Crop Production Summary and other reports on January 10.

Corn, Harvest, USDA