03 October 2011 22:40 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US corn and soybean harvests continue to progress, although they still lag year-ago levels, data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicated on Monday.
The USDA's weekly Crop Progress Report said that as of 2 October, 21% of the corn had been harvested in the top 18 corn-producing states, compared with 37% on the same date in 2010.
The USDA said 19% of the soybean crop had been harvested as of 2 October, compared with 34% a year earlier.
The harvest of corn and soybeans was slowed two weeks ago by rains in the US midwest. Dryer weather last week allowed farmers to continue the harvest at a heightened pace.
The corn crop in the 18 top-producing states is 79% mature and harvestable while 76% of soybeans are ready for reaping, the USDA said.
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