U.S. rice harvest was almost complete by the end of the first week in October, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Oct. 10 crop progress report. Meanwhile, U.S. soybean producers have reached the halfway point of harvest.

Louisiana has wrapped up its rice harvest for the year, according to NASS, with Texas, 99 percent; Mississippi, 96 percent; and Arkansas, 92 percent, not far behind. Meanwhile, California had harvested 58 percent of its rice crop and Missouri 81 percent. Eighty-eight percent of the U.S. crop had been harvested by Oct. 8, compared to 84 percent last year.

Significant progress was made on harvesting the U.S. soybean crop during the first week of October, with 47 percent of the acreage now gathered. The crop is still behind last year’s pace of 56 percent harvested. In the Mid-South, 56 percent of the Arkansas soybean crop has been harvested compared to 49 percent last year; 82 percent of the Louisiana crop has been harvested compared to 81 percent last year; 96 percent of the Mississippi crop has been harvested compared to 90 percent last year; and 38 percent of the Tennessee crop has been harvested compared to 42 percent last year.

The harvest of the U.S. cotton crop had moved a little closer to the halfway mark by Oct. 8, with 32 percent of the crop harvested. Arkansas has completed 49 percent of harvest; Louisiana, 78 percent; Mississippi, 77 percent; Missouri, 22 percent; and Tennessee, 30 percent.

Meanwhile, cotton export sales reached a marketing year high for the last week of September with net upland sales of 254,200 bales, 34 percent above the previous week and 30 percent over the prior four-week average. Major buyers were Turkey (66,000 bales), Indonesia (57,200 bales), China (52,100 bales), Taiwan (14,800 bales), Thailand (9.800 bales), Colombia (9,700 bales) and Mexico (8,900 bales).

Twenty-nine percent of the nation’s corn harvest is now in the bin, compared to 20 percent last week, and 35 percent last year.

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