As much as 20 inches of snow last week slowed cattle trade and stymied the efforts of some farmers still trying to finish harvest.

"The hardest hit area stretched from the Texas panhandle to Illinois," say Ag Marketing Service reporters.

For the week ending Nov. 25, according to National Ag Statistics Service (NASS).

  • Corn -- 97% is harvested, which is 2% behind last year and 1% behind the five-year average. Harvest was nearly complete in all regions except the northern Corn Belt and Ohio River Valley.
  • Winter Wheat -- 94% of the crop has emerged, 1% ahead of last year but the same as the five-year average. Emergence was ahead of normal in most areas, but trailed behind in the eastern Corn Belt due to delayed planting. Indiana's crop was over a week behind normal, while Ohio's was two weeks behind and Michigan's nearly four weeks behind. 53% is rated good or excellent, compared to 52% at the same time last year; condition continues to decline.
  • Sorghum -- 94% has been harvested, compared to 95% last year and 92% for average. Harvest advanced 20 points in Colorado but was still behind normal. In all remaining States, however, progress was at or ahead of the normal pace.