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HARVEST RUNNING WELL AHEAD OF AVERAGE
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that as of Sunday, September 30 88% of the soybean crop was dropping leaves, compared to 85% a year ago and 84% for the five year average.

29% of beans have been harvested, up 17% from the prior week, 11% above a year ago and 5% ahead of average. Most of that progress has been in southern and eastern areas, with Louisiana and Mississippi both at 65%. The crop is in 57% good to excellent condition, down 1% from last week.

91% of the corn crop has reached maturity, compared to 86% last year and 81% for the five year average. Harvest is 31% complete as of Sunday, compared to 18% on September 30, 2006 and the five year average of 20%. Tennessee is 97% harvested; North Carolina and Texas both stand at 90% and Kentucky's corn harvest is 82% complete. Corn is in 63% good to excellent shape, unchanged from a week ago.

Winter wheat is 42% planted, due to weather related delays in the Plains earlier in the season. A year ago, planting was 49% complete and the average pace for this time of year is 51%. 16% of the crop has emerged, down 5% from last year and 7% less than average.

U.S. pastures and range lands are in 37% good to excellent condition, 1% lower than last week.


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