WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the corn harvest had gotten off to a fast start with 18 percent done as of Sept. 20.
From 2005 through 2009 for this week of the year, U.S. farmers have completed 10 percent of the corn harvest, the USDA said in its weekly crop report.
Thirteen percent of the acreage in cotton has been harvested, compared to a historic average of 10 percent for this week of the year. Eight percent of the soybean harvest is complete, in line with historic averages.
The peanut harvest is also close to the five-year average with 6 percent done. The sugar beet and rice harvests are well ahead of historic averages with 11 percent and 64 percent done, respectively.
The spring wheat crop is 87 percent harvested, while the winter wheat crop is 18 percent planted, the USDA said.