Clear weather much of the week allowed for more harvesting with the U.S. corn harvest at 94% done as of Sunday, a 5-point jump from a week ago to put it 2 points above the five-year average, USDA said in its weekly crop progress report on Monday.
The soybean harvest improved 3 points to 97% done, just behind the 98% average.
This week's USDA crop condition report will be the final report for the season.
The corn and soybean harvest paces matched the averages in a wire service survey and were slightly ahead of what Farm Futures had expected. USDA's 58% good to excellent rating on wheat was slightly lower than expectations.
In Iowa, the top corn and soybean producer, corn harvest jumped 4 points to 96% and is now slightly ahead of the 95% average. Harvest remained slow in Michigan and Wisconsin, the USDA crop progress report said, at 69% and 73% respectively, which compared with the 85% and 86% averages.
Iowa soybean harvest was at 99% harvested versus 100% a year ago and the average. Kentucky lagged the 5-year average the most at 87% versus the 96% average.
Winter wheat rating slips to 58% good/excellent
Winter wheat emergence was at 92% as of Sunday, the same as 2013 and topped the 89% average. Soft red winter wheat in Illinois was behind at 76% versus 97% a year ago and the 90% average. In Michigan, wheat was 86% emerged versus the 98% average.
There have been concerns that cold hurt the Midwest wheat and impeded emergence.
The winter wheat was rated 58% good to excellent in the USDA crop progress and condition report, down 2 points from a week ago and down from last year's 62%. Nebraska wheat had one of the largest drops going to 69% good to excellent from last week's 78%. Ohio's wheat slipped to 65% from 69% and Kansas eased to 61% from 62%.
Cotton 77% harvested, Sorghum at 88%
The cotton harvest at 77% matched 2013's pace but trailed the 83% average.
Sorghum was 88% harvested versus 96% a year ago and the 91% average.
View last week's report: USDA Crop Progress Report: Corn Harvest Jumps to 89%, Soybeans 94%