Farmers across the country are getting closer to the end of the fall harvest, but they’re not there yet.
The latest crop progress report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service says the corn harvest is 76 percent complete — a 10-point jump compared with last week’s report but 16 points below the five-year average. Records show this is the latest harvest since 2009, with farmers in Midwestern states including Wisconsin, Michigan, South Dakota and North Dakota having harvested less than half their corn.
The soybean harvest is going better than the corn harvest, the report said. Farmers are reporting having harvested 91 percent of their soybeans, which is a six-point increase compared with the previous week’s report. Major soybean-growing states including Iowa and Indiana have more than 90 percent of their soybeans harvested.