U.S. corn and soybean conditions fell again last week, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report Monday. The trade had expected conditions for both crops to hold steady.
Following a 2-percentage-point drop in the Aug. 16 report, U.S. corn condition fell another 2 percentage points last week to reach 60% good to excellent as of Sunday, Aug. 22, NASS said. The current rating is now tied for the third-lowest good-to-excellent rating in the past 12 years, said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.
“Illinois had the largest decline in corn condition of 7 percentage points followed by Wisconsin with a 5-point decline,” Hultman said.
Corn dented was estimated at 41%, slightly ahead of the five-year average of 38%, while the percent of the crop reaching maturity was equal to the five-year average of 4%.
After falling 3 percentage points in the Aug. 16 report, soybean conditions also dropped another 1 percentage point last week to reach 56% good to excellent as of Sunday. As with corn, current soybean conditions are tied with the third-lowest rating in the past 12 years, Hultman said.
“Illinois, Kansas and Missouri all had 4-percentage-point declines, which more than offset a 6-percentage-point gain in Arkansas,” Hultman said.
Soybean development moved ahead at a near-average pace last week, with soybeans blooming at 97%, equal to the five-year average; soybeans setting pods at 88%, just 1 percentage point ahead of the average of 87%; and soybeans dropping leaves at 3%, equal to the average pace.
Meanwhile, spring wheat harvest showed no sign of slowing down last week, jumping ahead another 19 percentage points to reach 77% complete as of Sunday and maintaining a 22-percentage-point lead over the five-year average of 55%.
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“Minnesota’s spring wheat harvest is almost done, at 98% complete,” said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. “South Dakota is 87% finished, and North Dakota is 73% harvested.”
The following are some other highlights from this week’s Crop Progress report:
Sorghum headed was 90%, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Sorghum coloring was pegged at 44%, 2 percentage points behind average. Sorghum condition was rated 62% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points.
Cotton squaring was 97%, 6 percentage points behind the average. Cotton setting bolls was 79%, 10 percentage points behind the average pace. Cotton condition was rated 71% good to excellent, up 4 percentage points from the previous week.
Rice was 93% headed, 2 percentage points behind the average pace. Rice harvested was 14%, 2 percentage points behind the average pace. Rice condition was rated 77% good to excellent, up 3 percentage points from the previous week.
Oats were 87% harvested, 6 percentage points behind average. Barley was 72% harvested, 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.
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||88||81||91||87|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves||3||NA||4||3|
|Cotton Setting Bolls||79||75||87||89|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||14||10||21||19|
|Spring Wheat Harvested||77||58||46||55|
|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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