The 2019 U.S. corn and soybean harvests both remain slower than normal. Calling it a difficult crop year for soybean and corn producers is almost underselling the problems created by the historically slow planting pace, widely variable development weather, and periodic winter-like conditions in parts of the Midwest and Plains during harvest.
The USDA says that as of Sunday, 84% of corn is harvested, compared to 76% last week and the five-year average of 96%, while 94% of soybeans are harvested, compared to 91% the previous week and 97% on average.
87% of winter wheat has emerged, compared to the usual pace of 90% with 52% of the crop in good to excellent shape, unchanged from a week ago but down 3% from a year ago.
78% of the cotton crop is harvested, compared to 74% typically this time of year.
The USDA will continue to issue national crop progress numbers as long as harvest activity is ongoing.