Kansas, Nebraska complete corn harvest ahead of schedule

Wheat ahead in Kansas, behind in Nebraska, says USDA

Kansas and Nebraska have nearly completed their corn harvests, well ahead of both the 2011 harvests and the five-year average, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers

Kansas was 99 percent complete as of November 4, two weeks ahead of 2011’s 95 percent and more than three weeks ahead of the five-year average of 85 percent; while Nebraska was 97 percent finished — well ahead of 2011’s 83 percent and the five-year average of 64 percent, according to the USDA.

Kansas’s wheat planting was 98 percent complete by November 4, on schedule with 2011 but ahead of the 94-percent five-year average. Eighty-seven percent of the wheat has emerged, ahead of 2011’s 85 percent and the 80-percent five-year average. Eighty-six percent of Kansas’s soybean crop has been harvested, behind 2011’s 90 percent but still ahead of the five-year average of 81 percent, according to the USDA.

Nebraska’s winter wheat emerged was 83 percent, well behind 99 percent in 2011 and the 98 five-year average, due to dry soils. Sorghum harvested was 94 percent complete, ahead of 2011’s 79 percent and the five-year average of 60 percent, said the USDA report. Dry beans harvested were 99 percent, near the 100 percent in 2011 and equal to the 99 percent five-year average.