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Corn, soybean conditions slightly improved, USDA report shows

Soybean and corn conditions in Corn Belt states are at or slightly ahead of last week, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) crop progress report released Monday.

Overall corn conditions ranged from 20% excellent in Illinois, Indiana and 21% in Iowa, to two and five percent excellent in North Dakota and South Dakota, respectively. Of the 18 corn-producing states, 16% of all corn is rated as excellent, with 41% good and 25% fair. Eighteen percent is rated poor or very poor.

Soybean conditions were best in Kentucky, where 35% of the crop is in excellent condition, according to NASS. The crop is 20% excellent in Iowa, while just below that -- 16% and 19% excellent -- in Indiana and Illinois, respectively. Overall, 27% of the crop in the 18 soybean-growing states is in fair condition, with 58% good or excellent versus 15% in very poor or poor condition.

Nationwide, pasture and rangeland conditions were improved slightly from the previous week, with 27% in fair condition, 22% in good or excellent shape and 51% very poor or poor.

Soybean and corn conditions in Corn Belt states are at or slightly ahead of last week, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) crop progress report released Monday.

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