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USDA: U.S. crop ratings continue to get better

Agriculture.com Staff 06/26/2006 @ 2:25pm

U.S. corn and soybean crops received healthy growth ratings on Monday, according to USDA's weekly Crop Progress report.

For corn, USDA rated the crop 68% good/excellent, 25% fair, and 7% very poor-poor. Also, 5% was in the silking stage compared to 4% a year ago.

USDA rated soybeans 67% good/excellent, 25% fair, and 8% very poor-poor. As of Sunday, 6% of the crop was in the blooming stage, slightly ahead of 5% from a year ago. The report indicated 97% of soybeans have emerged, compared to 96% a year ago.

For winter wheat, 53% of the crop has been harvested, sharply higher than 40% a year ago. USDA rated the crop 29% good/excellent, 25% fair, and 46% very poor-poor. For spring wheat, 57% is rated good/excellent, 26% fair, and 17% very poor-poor. The crop is 48% headed, sharply higher than 26% a year ago.

USDA, in its report, indicated 10% of the cotton is setting bolls, higher than 6% a year ago. Also, 48% of the crop is squaring, over 40% a year ago. USDA rated the crop 38% good/excellent, 35% fair, and 27% very poor-poor.

U.S. corn and soybean crops received healthy growth ratings on Monday, according to USDA's weekly Crop Progress report.

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