Corn, Soybean Harvests Ahead of Schedule

The U.S. corn and soybean harvests have passed the halfway mark. That follows a week of mixed conditions in farm country, including heavy rain in some areas and winter-like conditions in parts of the Plains.

Fifty-two percent of the U.S. corn crop is harvested, compared to the five-year average of 41 percent, with 97 percent of the crop mature, compared to 93 percent on average.

Soybeans are ahead of schedule with 60 percent harvested compared to the usual 55 percent. Ninety-five percent are dropping leaves, matching the five-year average.

Seventy percent of winter wheat is planted and 44 percent has emerged. That compares to 71 percent planted and 47 percent emerged on average.