Winter wheat in the 18 major states was 92% emerged as of Nov. 23 compared with 89% as the 2009-13 average, the US Department of Agriculture said in its most recent Crop Progress report, which was the last update of the season.
Crop conditions of winter wheat were rated 58% good to excellent in the latest week compared with 60% the previous week and 62% the same week a year ago. Rated fair was 36% compared with 34% the previous week and 30% a year ago. Six percent was rated very poor to poor, unchanged from a week earlier and two percentage points lower than last year.
As hard red winter and soft red winter wheat progressed toward dormancy, harvests of fall crops mostly hovered around five-year averages.
The USDA said 94% of the corn crop in the 18 major states was harvested as of Nov. 23 compared with 92% as the five-year average. Top producers Iowa and Illinois were 96% and 97% harvested, respectively.