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Another Week of Crop Stability -- USDA

Jeff Caldwell Updated: 08/12/2014 @ 10:33am Agricultural content creator and marketer.

Corn conditions held steady while soybeans lost a mere 1% in the highest two categories in Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report that also shows both crops are staying just slightly ahead of normal in their development pace.

Monday's report shows 73% of the nation's corn crop is in good or excellent condition, while 70% of the soybean crop is rated in those two categories. The former's unchanged, while the latter is 1% down from last week. One year ago, 64% of both the nation's corn and soybean crops were rated in good or excellent shape.

Development-wise, 96% of the corn crop is silking and 54% is in dough stage vs. 36% a week ago. Denting's also begun; last week's report was absent of corn-denting data, while Monday's data show 11% of the crop's denting. The soybean crop is moving along at about the same pace compared to normal; 92% of that crop is blooming, and 72% is setting pods, both just ahead of the normal pace and good-size bumps in the last week.

Prospects for Corn Consumption

Published: August 11, 2014

Ethanol use of corn has increased during the 2013-14 marketing year following a sharp decline during the 2012-13 marketing year.  The increase has been fueled by a combination of increased domestic consumption of ethanol, increasing exports and declining ethanol imports, and some rebuilding of ethanol stocks.

Needed precipitation accompanied by hail, damaging winds in parts of ND

Published: August 11, 2014

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus while subsoil moisture supplies were said to be 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. “But, all of the small grains I have seen have bounced back and actually are looking pretty good.

Corn Closes Up 4

Published: August 11, 2014

corn futures settled 4 3/4 cents higher at $3.68. In the outside markets, the NYMEX Brent crude oil is $0.48 per barrel higher, the dollar is higher and the Dow Jones Industrials are 27 points higher.Jack Scoville, PRICE Futures Group vice-president, says the markets are anticipating tomorrow's WASDE Report.

QuickStats Database Update

Published: August 11, 2014

All weekly corn doughing estimates that NASS publishes as part of the Crop Progress and Condition reports are now published under the term "Corn Dough" in both the printed weekly report and the QuickStats online database. Previously both the terms "Corn Dough" and "Corn Doughing" were used in the QuickStats database.

Weather Starter: Cool Temps, Spotty Rains for the Corn Belt

Published: August 11, 2014

Temperatures in the 70s and 80s -- well below seasonable averages -- and a couple of systems bringing up to an inch of rainfall to the parts of the Corn Belt are the region's weather points to watch heading into the middle week of August. "Below normal temps continued across the area Friday and ...

8 - 11 Forecast Update

Published: August 11, 2014

Let's take a look at the over night and weekly rainfall: Southern SD, NE, KS, MO, Southern IL and SW IA all picked up substantial moisture over the past week. Currently, it looks like this: The Low in the SW will get reincorporated into the Jet, and as it does, it will help give a chance of rain to the Pacific NW, but don't expect a lot.

Indiana Corn - ?

Published: August 9, 2014

Remember - this was a snap shot of one day in my corn - We have a long ways to go before it's in the bins , so with that said - to the meat of the subject . This will be my second year of N- Plot work with Purdue ( Bob Nielsen and Jim Camberato ) VERY interesting work and still learning at 57 and 3/4s .

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