Crop Progress: Conditions Hold Steady Despite Drought – DTN

    Despite continued drought in Northern and Western parts of the country and storms that crossed parts of the Eastern Corn Belt last week, national corn and soybean conditions managed to hold steady, USDA NASS reported in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

    After falling a total of 4 percentage points over the previous two weeks, the condition of the nation’s corn crop held steady at 60% good to excellent last week, NASS said. The current rating is still tied for the third-lowest good-to-excellent rating in the past 12 years, said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

    “Ohio, at 85% good to excellent, and Wisconsin, at 78% good to excellent, were the most highly rated of the major corn-growing states,” Mantini said. “Minnesota and the Dakotas remained poorly rated.” Wisconsin’s good-to-excellent rating improved 3 percentage points last week.

    Corn dented was estimated at 59%, 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 55%, while the percent of the crop reaching maturity was 9%, near the five-year average of 10%.

    Like corn conditions, soybean conditions held steady last week after falling the previous two weeks. NASS estimated that 56% of the crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, also the third-lowest rating in the past 12 years, Mantini said.

    “Wisconsin, at 75% good to excellent, and Louisiana, at 88% good to excellent, remain highly rated, while Minnesota and the Dakotas remained poorly rated,” Mantini said. “That portion of the crop rated poor to very poor improved by 1 percentage point to 15% poor to very poor.”

    Louisiana’s current soybean condition ratings likely don’t yet reflect any damage caused by Hurricane Ida, which made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on Sunday, Aug. 29, as a strong Category 4 hurricane. For more on the threats the storm posed to crops in the Delta region, see “Strong Hurricane Ida Poses Crop Threat” by John Baranick here.

    Soybean development nationwide was running slightly ahead of the average pace last week, with soybeans setting pods at 93%, 1 percentage point ahead of the average of 92%, and soybeans dropping leaves at 9%, 2 percentage points ahead of the average of 7%.

    Meanwhile, spring wheat harvest slowed somewhat last week, moving ahead 11 percentage points to reach 88% complete as of Sunday, shrinking this year’s lead over the five-year average to 17%. The previous two weeks, the harvest was running 22 percentage points ahead of average.

    “Minnesota’s spring wheat harvest is almost done, at 99% complete,” Mantini said. “South Dakota is 99% finished, and North Dakota is 84% harvested.”

    The following are some other highlights from this week’s Crop Progress report:

    Sorghum headed was 95%, 2 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Sorghum coloring was pegged at 59%, 3 percentage points behind average. Sorghum condition was rated 58% good to excellent, down 4 percentage points.

    Cotton setting bolls was 86%, 8 percentage points behind the average pace. Cotton bolls opening was 21%, 5 percentage points ahead of average. Cotton condition was rated 70% good to excellent, down 1 percentage point from the previous week.

    Rice was 97% headed, 1 percentage points behind the average pace. Rice harvested was 19%, 3 percentage points behind the average pace. Rice condition was rated 77% good to excellent, unchanged from the previous week.

    Oats were 92% harvested, 3 percentage points behind average. Barley was 85% harvested, 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

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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 91 85 93 89
    Corn Dented 59 41 60 55
    Corn Mature 9 4 11 10
    Soybeans Setting Pods 93 88 95 92
    Soybeans Dropping Leaves 9 3 7 7
    Cotton Setting Bolls 86 79 92 94
    Cotton Bolls Opening 21 14 28 26
    Spring Wheat Harvested 88 77 66 71
    Sorghum Headed 95 90 95 93
    Sorghum Coloring 59 44 56 56
    Sorghum Mature 23 20 24 28
    Sorghum Harvested 18 NA 21 20
    Oats Harvested 92 87 90 89
    Barley Harvested 85 72 71 78
    Rice Headed 97 93 96 98
    Rice Harvested 19 14 20 22

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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 4 10 26 46 14 4 10 26 46 14 5 9 24 48 14
    Soybeans 5 10 29 45 11 5 11 28 45 11 3 7 24 53 13
    Cotton 1 5 24 55 15 1 5 23 53 18 15 13 28 35 9
    Sorghum 3 9 30 49 9 2 8 28 52 10 6 12 32 39 11
    Rice 1 2 20 62 15 1 3 19 61 16 1 3 20 59 17

    Anthony Greder can be reached at Anthony.greder@dtn.com

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