Corn and soybean progress continued at a faster-than-normal pace last week, while good-to-excellent condition ratings for both crops declined slightly, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service’s weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.
Nationwide, 57% of corn was in the dough stage as of Sunday, Aug. 5, 20 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 37%. Twelve percent of corn was dented, 6 percentage points ahead of 6% for both last year and the five-year average.
NASS estimated that 71% of corn was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, down 1 percentage point from 72% the previous week but still the third-highest rating of the past five years. The poor-to-very poor rating in Missouri jumped up from 31% last week to 44% on Monday, noted DTN Analyst Todd Hultman.
Soybean condition also slipped from the previous week. Nationwide, the crop was rated 67% good to excellent, down 3 percentage points from 70% the previous week. As with corn, the soybean rating was still the third highest in the past five years, Hultman said.
Soybeans were 92% blooming as of Sunday, 6 percentage points ahead of the average of 86%, and 75% of soybeans were setting pods, 17 percentage points ahead of the average of 58%.
NASS estimated that 90% of winter wheat was harvested with most wheat still standing from Montana to the Pacific Coast.
Spring wheat harvest was 13% complete as of Sunday, behind last year’s 22% but near the five-year average of 14%.
“Seventy-four percent of spring was rated good to excellent, down from 78% a week ago as dry weather has become a recent concern,” Hultman said. “It is still the highest good-to-excellent rating for spring wheat since 2010.”
Sorghum was 69% headed as of Sunday, ahead of 60% last year and also ahead of the five-year average of 62%. Sorghum coloring was 31%, ahead of 26% last year but equal to the five-year average. Sorghum condition was rated 49% good to excellent, down 3 percentage points from 52% the previous week.
Barley was 16% harvested as of Sunday, behind 22% last year and also behind the average of 18%. Barley condition was down 1 percentage point to 79% good to excellent last week. Oats were 51% harvested as of Sunday, ahead of 48% for last year and also ahead of the five-year average of 49%. Oat’s good-to-excellent condition rating held steady at 71%.
Rice was 82% headed as of Sunday, near 81% last year but ahead of the average of 70%. Six percent of rice was harvested, slightly ahead of the average pace of 5%. Cotton was 92% squaring, behind the average of 94%. Sixty percent of cotton was setting bolls, also behind the average pace of 62%. Nine percent of cotton had bolls opening, ahead of the average of 6%. Cotton’s good-to-excellent condition rating was down 3 percentage points, while rice’s good-to-excellent rating held steady.
To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit here. Look for the U.S. map in the “Find Data and Reports by” section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state’s “Crop Progress & Condition” report.
|National Crop Progress Summary|
|Soybeans Setting Pods||75||60||63||58|
|Cotton Setting Bolls||60||49||56||62|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||9||NA||8||6|
|Spring Wheat Harvested||13||4||22||14|
|Winter Wheat Harvested||90||85||93||92|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
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