Crop Progress: Corn, Soybean Conditions Continue Decline – DTN

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U.S. corn and soybean ratings fell again last week, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Tuesday.

NASS estimated that 61% of the nation’s corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, Sept. 6, down 1 percentage point from 62% the previous week. The crop’s current good-to-excellent rating is still tied for the fifth highest in the past 10 years.

“Most of the major producing states showed small changes for the week. Two exceptions were South Dakota dropping 6 points to 68% and Ohio gaining 4 points to 49%,” DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman said.

The report claimed 97% of corn was in the dough stage as of Sunday, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Seventy-nine percent of the crop was dented, 8 percentage points ahead of the average. Corn mature was estimated at 25%, 6 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

Like corn, soybean conditions also declined again last week. NASS estimated that 65% of the nation’s soybean crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sept. 6, also down 1 percentage point from the previous week. The crop’s current good-to-excellent rating is the fourth highest in 10 years.

“Notable changes included a 6-point drop in South Dakota, a 5-point drop in Kansas and a 4-point drop in Illinois,” Hultman added.

Soybeans dropping leaves was estimated at 20%, 4 percentage points ahead of five-year average.

Spring wheat harvest continued to make steady progress last week, moving ahead another 13 percentage points to reach 82% complete as of Sunday, now bringing it within 5 percentage points of the five-year average.

“North Dakota, the largest spring wheat producer, was 83% harvested versus the average of 88%. Montana was 76% done versus the average of 86% and Washington advanced to 83% complete from 62% last week,” DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini said.

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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
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Dough 97 94 87 94
Corn Dented 79 63 51 71
Corn Mature 25 12 10 19
Soybeans Dropping Leaves 20 8 7 16
Spring Wheat Harvested 82 69 66 87
Winter Wheat Planted 5 NA 1 3
Cotton Setting Bolls 96 93 98 97
Cotton Bolls Opening 37 29 41 34
Sorghum Coloring 74 58 61 70
Sorghum Mature 29 24 26 33
Sorghum Harvested 21 NA 22 23
Oats Harvested 96 91 88 94
Barley Harvested 85 74 79 90
Rice Harvested 26 20 27 35

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Corn 5 9 25 46 15 5 9 24 48 14 4 10 31 45 10
Soybean 3 7 25 52 13 3 7 24 53 13 3 9 33 45 10
Cotton 11 16 28 36 9 15 13 28 35 9 3 15 39 37 6
Rice 1 3 18 61 17 1 3 20 59 17 1 5 25 46 23
Sorghum 6 11 34 37 12 6 12 32 39 11 1 5 26 53 15

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