REUTERS / The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its weekly crop progress report on Sept. 26 said 15 per cent of the U.S. corn crop had been harvested, up from 10 per cent a week ago and slightly behind the five-year average of 16 per cent. Sixty-three per cent of the corn crop was mature and 96 per cent was dented.
Five per cent of the soybean crop had been harvested, down from 15 per cent a year ago and below the five-year average of 11 per cent.
Fifty-eight per cent of the soybean crop was dropping leaves and ready for harvest. Dry weather remains a
concern in the U.S. Plains hard red winter wheat region and there are no signs of relief from the devastating drought soon.
Wheat seedings have been slowed by the drought but farmers likely will go ahead and plant the crop in hopes of rainfall this fall that would help seeds germinate and grow.
Warm temperatures in the 70s and 80s F are rapidly depleting soil moisture reserves.