Corn harvest advanced 8 points in a week to 18% done as of Sunday, while soybean harvest gained 12 to 21% in the seven-day stretch that saw almost daily showers in parts of Iowa that slowed combines there, weekly crop reports said.
Winter wheat planting reached 31% as of Sunday, compared with 40% a year ago and 35% average, with emergence at 7% versus 13% last year and the 11% average. Kansas was 24% planted and 4% emerged.
The 18% corn harvest pace was down from Farm Futures' 22% forecast and the average trade forecast of 21% in a Reuters poll. Soybeans at 21% were a little better than expected with Farm Futures expecting 20% and the trade average 18%.
Corn's condition stayed at 68% good to excellent, with slight improvements seen in key Midwest states. Soybeans slipped 1 point to 62% with a decline noted in Tennessee, but improvements in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.
In Iowa, corn harvest was 5%, ahead last year's 2% but behind the 14% average, with the crop's condition up 1 point at 80% good to excellent.
"A very slow moving low-pressure center brought an extended period of showers and thunderstorms to western Iowa between Tuesday morning and early Friday morning," Iowa said.. "Torrential rain was centered upon western Pottawattamie and Mills counties on Wednesday morning with another area across southwest Monona County. Rainfall of two inches or more was common across a wide area of west central and southwest Iowa."
Nationally, sorghum was 36% harvested versus 32% a year ago and the 32% average. The crop slipped 1 point to 65% good to excellent.
Cotton was 11% harvested and 69% had bolls open versus the 12% and 70% averages. The crop slipped 2 points to 50% good/excellent.
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