Corn and soybean farmers are making major gains toward completion of this year’s harvest.

Monday’s Crop Progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reflects that growing trend – harvest is nearing the finish line in a number of the 18 top states for corn and soybean production.

Corn harvest is officially 91% completed as of Nov. 17, 2013, with many states reporting close to 95% completion. States still far behind include Michigan (75%), North Dakota (78%) and Wisconsin (74%), according to USDA survey statistics. North Carolina reports it has completed the corn harvest.

The corn harvest was 99% completed as of Nov. 17, 2012; the rate of harvest exceeds the five-year average for 2008-2012 of 86% completed by this time of the year.

The soybean harvest is 95% completed in the 18 top-producing states, compared to 98% completed as of Nov. 17, 2012 and just shy of the 96% average completion rate for 2008-2012.

Individually, states citing completed soybean harvest consist of Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota. Many other states are close to completion. Lagging well behind are Kentucky (78%), Missouri (86%), North Carolina (50%) and Tennessee (75%).

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