National corn and soybean harvest numbers improved last week with harvest in a few states 100 percent complete, but progress remains behind percentages from a year earlier.
Tuesday’s Crop Progress report reveals average corn harvest after the week ending November 10 was 84 percent complete. The results are 11 percentage points higher than the previous week, but 13 percentage points lower than the same week in 2012.
Progress in the 18 states recorded is five percentage points above the five-year average from 2008 to 2012. North Carolina is the only state so far to finish its corn harvest, however Texas is near-complete at 98 percent and Illinois and Tennessee are both 93 percent complete. Wisconsin and Michigan have the lowest completion rates, tied at 62 percent.
Soybean harvest progress improved by five percentage points compared to the previous week, finishing the week at 91 percent complete. The national average is four percentage points behind the same week last year and one point under the five-year average.
Louisiana and Nebraska have completed this year’s soybean harvest and many northern states, including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota, are only a few points behind.