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Corn and soybean conditions drop by 1%

The USDA released its 25th Crop Progress report of the growing season Monday afternoon. These reports run weekly through the end of November and look at the progress and condition of various crops on a national and state-by-state scale.


As of September 18, 87% of corn has reached the dented stage, just shy of the five-year average of 88%.

Forty percent is mature, 5% shy of the five-year average. 

Seven percent has been harvested, just behind the five-year average of 8%. 

In the top 18 corn growing states, crop condition was rated 52% good/excellent, down 1% from last week.


USDA’s report noted 42% of soybeans are dropping leaves, behind the five-year average of 47%. 

Just 3% of soybeans have been harvested. The five-year average for this time is 5%. 

Soybean crop condition was rated 55% good/excellent, down 1% from last week. 


Spring wheat is 94% harvested in the top six producing states, in line with the five-year average.

Twenty-one percent of winter wheat is planted, ahead of the five-year average of 17%. 

Two percent of winter wheat has emerged, on par with the five-year average. 

About the report: Crop progress and condition estimates are based on survey data collected each week from early April through the end of November, according to the USDA. The non-probability crop progress and condition surveys include input from approximately 3,600 respondents whose occupations provide them opportunities to make visual observations and frequently bring them in contact with farmers in their counties. Most respondents complete the questionnaire on Friday or early Monday morning and submit them to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) field offices in their states by mail, telephone, fax, email, or through a secured internet website. A small number of reports are completed on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Regardless of when questionnaires are completed, respondents are asked to report for the entire week ending on Sunday, according to the Crop Progress Report.

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