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USDA Weekly Crop Progress
11/20 3:59 PM

OMAHA (DTN) -- Winter wheat conditions dropped again from the previous week, according to USDA's latest Crop Progress report released on Monday.

With 88% of the crop emerged as of Sunday, USDA estimated that 52% of the winter wheat crop was in good-to-excellent condition, down slightly from 54% the previous week. That resulted in a DTN Winter Wheat Condition Index of 135, down 2 points from the previous week.

"DTN's index is down from 147 a year ago and is a little below the five-year average of 138, but is close enough to be considered neutral for winter wheat prices," said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman.

Corn harvest continued to lag slightly behind the average pace. USDA estimated that 90% of corn was harvested as of Sunday, down from 96% a year ago and also below the five-year average of 95% harvested.

"Monday's harvest progress was neutral for corn prices with a drier forecast for the week ahead," Hultman said.

Soybean harvest was nearing completion with 96% harvested as of Sunday, down from 98% a year ago and down from a five-year average of 97% harvested.

"Monday's report was neutral for soybeans," Hultman said.

Sorghum was 90% harvested, slightly behind the five-year average of 92%.

Cotton was 74% harvested nationwide, moving to slightly ahead of the average pace of 72%.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Harvested 90 83 96 95
Soybeans Harvested 96 93 98 97
Winter Wheat Emerged 88 84 88 88
Cotton Harvested 74 64 66 72
Sorghum Harvested 90 83 93 92

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
Winter Wheat 3 8 37 44 8 3 8 35 46 8 2 8 32 47 11

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