DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. corn harvest continues ahead of schedule with some states nearly half-finished at a time when they usually are just getting started.
The USDA said Tuesday in its weekly crop update that little has changed in the condition of drought-damaged corn and soybeans. That's because the plants are too far along for recent rain to make a difference.
Corn was planted several weeks earlier this year and matured more quickly in the summer heat, allowing farmers to start harvesting early.
Tennessee has 49% of its corn in, compared to the usual 21%. Missouri is at 44%, ahead of the average 8%.
Nebraska is at 7%, and Iowa, the nation's leading corn producer, is at 5%. Typically those farmers haven't begun yet.
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