Harvest of the U.S. cotton crop moved along slowly last week, with 44 percent of the crop harvested compared to 39 percent the week before and a five-year average of 43 percent. According to USDA’s Oct. 23 crop progress report, Louisiana and Mississippi have both harvested 92 percent of their cotton crops, compared to 70 percent for Arkansas, 55 percent for Tennessee and 49 percent for Missouri.

As of the week ending Oct. 22, a little over half of the nation’s corn crop had been harvested, compared to 41 percent the week before and five-year average of 57 percent. Tennessee, the only Mid-South state listed in the USDA report, has harvested 97 percent of its corn crop.

For soybeans, 76 percent of the U.S. crop had been harvested, compared to 69 percent last week and a five-year average of 78 percent. Harvest is nearly complete in the Mid-South states of Louisiana, 95 percent, and Mississippi, 99 percent. Harvest is 76 percent complete in Arkansas, and 60 percent complete in Tennessee.

USDA reported that 86 percent of the U.S. winter wheat crop had been seeded. Arkansas, the only Mid-South state listed in the report, had completed planting on 54 percent of its intended acres. USDA reported that 70 percent of the Arkansas crop is in good to excellent condition.

Rice harvest is complete in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, and nearly complete in Arkansas, 98 percent, and Missouri, 93 percent. Ninety-six percent of the U.S. crop has been harvested, compared to 92 percent last week and a five-year average of 95 percent.

A little over half of the nation’s peanuts have been harvested, compared to 36 percent last year and a five-year average of 68 percent. USDA did not report harvest progress on Mississippi’s 15,000 acres.

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