The nation’s 2007 crop harvest is nearing completion in most states, and winter wheat is greening up fields across the country.

According to USDA’s Monday crop progress report, 94 percent of the nation’s corn crop had been harvested by Nov. 18. Sorghum is 97 percent harvested, compared to 87 percent a year ago and a 5-year average of 86 percent. Harvest is listed as complete in Arkansas and Louisiana.

Cotton harvest is complete in Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri and 99 percent complete in Tennessee and Mississippi. Harvest is lagging behind last year’s pace for Georgia, which is 68 percent harvested compared to 82 percent last year and Oklahoma, 63 percent harvested, compared to 78 percent last year.

Winter wheat is 85 percent emerged, according to USDA, including 65 percent for Arkansas, compared to 76 percent last year. USDA did not list percentages for any other Mid-South state. Forty-five percent of the U.S. wheat crop is listed in good to excellent condition, and 19 percent as poor to very poor. Sixty-three percent of the Arkansas winter wheat crop is listed in good to excellent condition. One percent is listed as poor.

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