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Crop ratings slip; How are yours?

Jeff Caldwell 06/28/2011 @ 7:58am Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Corn and soybean conditions slipped a few percentage points in the last week, falling a few points behind normal for this time of year, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

As of Sunday, 65% of the nation's soybean crop is in good-to-excellent condition, down from 68% a week ago, according to Monday's report. Planting is still underway for the bean crop, but it's just ahead of the normal pace at 97%, and emergence is right on schedule with a year ago at 92%.

Corn conditions dipped slightly from a week ago, too. Sixty-eight percent of that crop's in good-to-excellent shape, down from 70% last week. A year ago, 73% of the nation's corn crop had the same rating.

Farmers say it's a story of haves and have-nots out there so far this summer. Marketing Talk member and central Illinois farmer stupid says his fields look pretty good despite late planting and poor field conditions early on in the growing season.

"Crops here look too good to be true for the late planting. I feel bad for the less fortunate," he says. "Our corn is about waist high."

But, unending rainfall is causing more problems for other farmers, and that could start ebbing away at overall crop progress numbers, some say.

"I don't think I've ever seen a worse looking crop overall in my life. Soybeans that obviously have been planted for a month or better are yellow...schoolbus yellow...ugly manganese and nitrogen deficient yellow. They should come out of it, but at what cost to yield?" says Marketing Talk member Pupdaddy of a recent trip through Ohio. "Corn is everywhere from 8 inches tall to less than waist high...and that's the fields that got planted and weren't abandoned. And I saw plenty of them."

   

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06/29/2011 @ 9:12am SC KS We have received some rains but really need rain now with corn tasseling and only 5-6 feet tall. Very little subsoil moisture and weather outlook shows highs in the 100's, lows in the 70's and no rain in sight. Optimistic outlook is that forecasters usually get it wrong.

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06/28/2011 @ 12:00pm I can understand that the crops are down a bit because of the current weather conditions. This is a very hot year and we need more rain to support the agriculture conditions. Nice article. http://losebellyfatx.com

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