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USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

This article was originally published at 3:02 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 27. It was last updated with additional information at 3:25 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 27.


OMAHA (DTN) -- About 4% of corn was left to harvest nationally as of Sunday, Nov. 26, and half of the new winter wheat crop was rated in good-to-excellent condition, USDA NASS reported in its final national Crop Progress report of 2023 on Monday. The weekly reports will resume on Monday, April 1, 2024.


-- Harvest progress: Corn harvest inched ahead 3 percentage points last week to reach 96% complete as of Sunday. That is 3 percentage points behind last year's pace of 99% but 1 percentage point ahead of 95% for the five-year average. "Michigan and Ohio are the only two laggards at 79% and 80% complete, respectively," noted DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.


-- Crop progress: 91% of the winter wheat crop had emerged as of Sunday, 1 point ahead of last year's 90% and 2 points ahead of the five-year average of 89%.

-- Crop condition: Winter wheat condition was rated 50% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from 48% the previous week and well above 34% at this time a year ago. "Kansas' winter wheat crop condition is rated at just 32% good to excellent," Mantini noted.


Snow in the northern and eastern portions of the Corn Belt could hamper what remains of the corn harvest, while precipitation in the Central Plains and Southern Plains should benefit winter wheat, according to DTN Ag Meteorologist John Baranick.

"Snow and cold over the weekend will make it difficult for those in the northern and Eastern Corn Belt to get much work done this week if they have tasks yet to complete," Baranick said. "The cold will produce lake-effect snow near the Great Lakes through Wednesday before those dry up.

"Heavy snow in parts of the Central Plains will gradually melt away, increasing soil moisture for winter wheat as temperatures rise through the weekend in most places.

"A couple of storm systems will develop in the Southern Plains and move northeast through the country. One will occur Thursday and Friday, and the other this weekend into early next week. Both will produce scattered showers and could be heavy for those in the southeastern quadrant of the country, which will help to ease drought conditions as the country prepares to go into winter."


To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit…. 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 Harvested 96 93 99 95
Cotton Harvested 83 77 83 79
Winter Wheat Emerged 91 87 90 89


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Winter Wheat 6 9 35 41 9 7 10 35 39 9 10 16 40 28 6

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