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Soybean condition steady for third week in a row

The USDA released its 23rd Crop Progress report of the growing season Tuesday 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.

CORN

As of September 4, 92% of the U.S. corn crop has reached the dough stage, just shy of the five-year average of 93%.

Sixty-three percent has reached the dented stage, compared with the five-year average of 67%. 

Fifteen percent is mature, 3% shy of the five-year average. 

In the top 18 corn growing states, crop condition was rated 54% good/excellent, reflecting no change from last week.

Corn Condition September 6, 2022

SOYBEANS

USDA’s report noted soybeans setting pods are at 94% across the top 18 soybean growing states. The five-year average for this point in the season is 96%.

Ten percent are dropping leave, behind the five-year average of 14%. 

Soybean crop condition was rated 57% good/excellent for the third week in a row. Soybeans rated poor/very poor went up by 1% to 14%.

Soybean Condition September 6, 2022

WHEAT

Spring wheat is 71% harvested in the top six producing states, far behind the five-year average of 83%.

Three percent of winter wheat is planted, 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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