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Corn Harvest 47% Complete, Soybean Crop 69% Collected, USDA Says

October 17, 2011

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. corn harvest was 47 percent complete as of Oct. 16, compared with 33 percent a week earlier and the previous five-year average of 41 percent, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

An estimated 69 percent of the soybean crop was harvested, up from 51 percent a week earlier and the five-year average of 61 percent for the date, the USDA said today in a report.

About 73 percent of the winter-wheat crop was planted, below the five-year average of 77 percent, according to the report. A week earlier, 59 percent of the crop had been sown. Winter wheat plants that had emerged rose to 44 percent, compared with 28 percent a week earlier.

--With assistance from Alan Bjerga in Washington. Editors: Steve Stroth, Millie Munshi

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