The corn harvest has caught up and passed the five-year average in the last few weeks, as dry weather kept combines in the field. States are edging closer to finished, though there are a few that have been hampered in their efforts.
Wisconsin holds this week's distinction for being farthest behind with just 82% of the corn harvested versus 87% on average. Michigan has just hit 84% harvested, versus 88% on average. It was a variable spring, no surprise that harvest is still variable across corn country.
The cotton harvest is still lagging the five-year average as continued soggy weather plagues pickers across the Southeast. Currently 78% of the crop is in, versus 83% by now on average. States across the region are behind the five-year average in most locations, except for Louisiana - at 100% complete; and California and Arkansas at 99% complete (versus 93% and 97% on average respectively).
Sorghum harvest is well past the five year average with 97% of the crop in. South Dakota was the only state reporting it was behind the average in this latest update.
In the winter wheat crop, 93% is emerged, versus 89% on average. California and Arkansas are the only two states reporting they are behind average at this time.
Condition of the winter wheat crop slipped a bit with 8% poor to very poor versus 7% last week. That's statistically insignificant going into the winter. There's a lot of weather between now and harvest that could impact condition in a range of ways. On the top end, the Excellent rating dropped from 11% to 9% this week too.
This is the last weekly crop report USDA will issue for the 2013 season. The next report will be released April 7, 2014.
Keep up with crop conditions and yield estimates on the Farm Futures Statistical Tables and Charts page.