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Crops perk up a bit -- USDA

Jeff Caldwell 07/05/2011 @ 4:04pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

A week that saw some skyrocketing temperatures in corn and soybean country didn't do a whole lot to crop conditions, according to Tuesday's Crop Progress report from USDA.

Both corn and soybean conditions improved just slightly over the last week, Tuesday's report shows. As of Sunday, 69% of the nation's corn crop and 66% of the soybeans are in good-to-excellent shape, according to USDA.

The weather continues to boost crop conditions, though a change in the current pattern is needed soon otherwise the shift could spell trouble for the corn and soybean crops, says Freese-Notis Weather, Inc., ag meteorologist Craig Solberg.

"We saw deteriorating corn and soybean ratings last week because of that wet weather. Drier weather last week helped," he says. "There is a significant part of the Corn Belt that is getting rather dry and that's really goihng to need a good drink of water significant drink of water before too long."

   

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