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USDASlight rise seen in corn, soybean conditions

Agriculture.com Staff 08/27/2007 @ 2:15pm

Corn and soybean conditions improved one percent in the last week, according to this week's USDA Crop Progress report released Monday afternoon.

Fifty-nine percent of the corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday compared to 58% a week ago. This is a two-percent improvement over conditions the same week a year ago. Corn rated best in Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota (51%, 50%, 49% and 49% good-to-excellent, respectively).

On the other side of the spectrum, the Tennessee corn crop was rated the lowest for this week, with only 12% of the crop in good-to-excellent condition.

Soybeans also saw a one-percent overall ratings improvement in the past week, according to Monday's Crop Progress report. As of Sunday, 55% of the crop is in good-to-excellent condition. While up slightly for this season, the bean crop remains behind a year ago, when 59% of the crop was in good-to-excellent shape at this point in the year.

Soybeans are rated best in North Dakota (61% good-to-excellent) and Louisiana (56% good-to-excellent), while the lowest soybean ratings came in Tennessee and North Carolina (11% and 19% good-to-excellent, respectively).

The cotton crop is rated at 49% good-to-excellent, a two-percent slip from a week ago, but 12% greater than year-ago ratings. The U.S. sorghum crop was unchanged in the previous week, with 64% in good-to-excellent shape as of Sunday.

Progress-wise, spring wheat harvest was found three percent behind last year's progress for this week, but 18% ahead of the previous five-year average. Both corn and soybean crops are within one percent of the average development pace for this time of year, according to Monday's report.

Corn and soybean conditions improved one percent in the last week, according to this week's USDA Crop Progress report released Monday afternoon.

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