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USDA Crop Progress            09/17 15:30

   First National Soy Harvest Report of Season Shows Progress Ahead of Normal

   In its first soybean harvest report of the season, USDA's National Ag 
Statistics Service estimated that 6% of the U.S. crop was harvested as of 
Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average pace.

By Anthony Greder
DTN Managing Editor

   OMAHA (DTN) -- In its first soybean harvest report of the season, USDA's 
National Ag Statistics Service estimated that 6% of the U.S. crop was harvested 
as of Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average, 
according to the agency's weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.

   This year's soybean harvest progress is also 2 percentage points ahead of 4% 
at the same time last year. Nationwide, the crop continued to mature ahead of 
normal with 53% of soybeans estimated to be dropping leaves, 17 percentage 
points ahead of the average pace of 36%. The crop's good-to-excellent rating 
dropped to 67% last week, down 1 percentage point from 68% the previous week. 

   The U.S. corn harvest also continued at an ahead-of-normal pace with an 
estimated 9% of the crop harvested as of Sunday, 2 percentage points ahead of 
last year and 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. The crop 
continued to mature ahead of normal with 54% of corn estimated as mature as of 
Sunday, 18 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 36%. 

   Corn condition, at 68% good to excellent, was unchanged from the previous 
week.

   Meanwhile, winter wheat planting progress was estimated at 13% as of Sunday, 
near last year's pace of 12% and also near the five-year average of 14%.

   Spring wheat harvest had nearly wrapped up with 97% of the crop harvested as 
of Sunday, near last year's 98% but ahead of the five-year average of 92%.

   Sorghum coloring was 88%, ahead of the five-year average of 83%. Sorghum 
mature was estimated at 41%, near 42% at the same time last year but behind the 
five-year average of 44%. Twenty-six percent of the sorghum crop was harvested 
as of Sunday, behind the average pace of 29%.

   Barley was 96% harvested as of Sunday, behind 99% last year but near the 
average of 97%.

   Forty-nine percent of rice was harvested as of Sunday, behind last year's 
53% but ahead of the five-year average of 47%. Forty-nine percent of cotton had 
bolls opening, ahead of the average of 46%.

   "Nothing in Monday's numbers are apt to have much price impact on Tuesday," 
said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. 

   To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics 
Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/. Look for 
the U.S. map in the "Find Data and Reports by" section and choose the state you 
wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state's "Crop Progress & 
Condition" report. 


National Crop Progress Summary
                                            This    Last    Last    5-Year
                                            Week    Week    Year    Avg.
Corn Dented                                 93      86      84      86
Corn Mature                                 54      35      32      36
Corn Harvested                              9       5       7       6
Soybeans Dropping Leaves                    53      31      38      36
Soybeans Harvested                          6       NA      4       3
Winter Wheat Planted                        13      5       12      14
Cotton Bolls Opening                        49      39      43      46
Cotton Harvested                            13      10      11      6
Sorghum Coloring                            88      79      83      83
Sorghum Mature                              41      34      42      44
Sorghum Harvested                           26      24      28      29
Spring Wheat Harvested                      97      93      98      92
Rice Harvested                              49      40      53      47
Barley Harvested                            96      92      99      97

    **


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
               This Week            Last Week            Last Year
               VP  P   F   G   E    VP  P   F   G   E    VP  P  F   G   E
Corn           4   8   20  47  21   4   8   20  47  21   4   9  26  48  13
Soybeans       3   7   23  49  18   3   7   22  50  18   3   9  29  48  11
Sorghum        5   12  30  44  9    5   12  30  42  11   2   6  27  53  12
Cotton         8   24  29  30  9    13  21  28  29  9    6   8  25  44  17
Rice           -   4   22  58  16   -   3   22  59  16   1   6  24  52  17

   Anthony Greder can be reached at anthony.greder@dtn.com 

   Follow him on Twitter @AGrederDTN


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