Farmers have harvested 5 percent of the crop, a recent report says
By Diego Flammini
Combines are rolling across the U.S. as the 2023 harvest season is underway.
Farmers are about 5 percent through the harvest, the USDA’s Sept. 12 Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin says. This is on par with harvest progress at this time in 2022.
U.S. farmers planted about 94.1 million acres of corn in 2023, meaning producers have harvested about 4.7 million acres of corn as of Sept. 12.
To put that number into perspective, Wisconsin farmers planted roughly 4 million acres of corn this year.
Nationally, farmers in Texas are the furthest ahead.
Growers in the Lone Star State have combined 62 percent of the state’s corn crop.
With about 2.5 million acres of corn planted this year, farmers have harvested about 1.55 million acres of corn.
Producers in North Carolina are nearly halfway through the 2023 harvest.
Farmers there have harvested 49 percent of the state’s corn acres, the USDA’s report says.
Growers planted about 990,000 acres of corn in 2023, meaning just over 485,000 acres are harvested.
Producers in Kansas and Tennessee have harvested 12 and 17 percent of their corn acres, respectively. While many other states are reporting less than 10 percent of harvest complete.
While some farmers are busy with corn harvest, others are planting their winter wheat crop.
About 7 percent of the crop is in the ground, the USDA’s Sept. 12 report says.
Farmers in Washington are the furthest along, with 29 percent of their winter wheat planted.
And growers in South Dakota, Colorado and Idaho have all planted at least 10 percent of their winter wheat crops