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45% of U.S. corn, 63% of soybeans harvested

The USDA says the U.S. corn and soybean harvests made solid advances over the past week. There was precipitation in parts of the Midwest and Plains over the past week, including snow in some northern areas, but overall, conditions allowed for good progress, with more generally dry weather expected this week.

As of Sunday, 45% of the U.S. corn crop is harvested, compared to the five-year average of 40%, with 94% of the crop mature, compared to 92% on average, and 53% rated good to excellent, down 1%.

63% of soybeans are harvested, compared to 52% on average, and 96% are dropping leaves, compared to the normal rate of 94%, with 57% of soybeans called good to excellent, unchanged on the week.

69% of winter wheat is planted, compared to 68% typically in mid-October and 38% has emerged, compared to 44% on average.

37% of cotton has been harvested, compared to 32% typically this time of year, and 89% of bolls have opened, compared to 87% on average, with 31% of the crop in good to excellent shape, up 1%.

89% of rice is harvested, compared to the five-year average of 90%.

23% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, steady with a week ago.

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