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Crop conditions down slightly

The USDA released its 24th 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 11, 95% of the U.S. corn crop has reached the dough stage, just shy of the five-year average of 96%.

Seventy-seven percent has reached the dented stage, compared with the five-year average of 79%.

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

Five percent has been harvested, just ahead of the 4% five-year average.

In the top 18 corn growing states, crop condition was rated 53% good/excellent, down 1% from last week.

Corn crop progress September 12, 2022

SOYBEANS

USDA’s report noted soybeans setting pods are at 97% across the top 18 soybean growing states. The five-year average for this point in the season is 98%.

Twenty-two percent are dropping leave, behind the five-year average of 28%. 

Soybean crop condition was rated 56% good/excellent, down 1% from last week. 

Soybean Crop Progress September 12, 2022

WHEAT

Spring wheat is 85% harvested in the top six producing states, behind the five-year average of 89%.

Ten percent of winter wheat is planted, ahead of the five-year average of 7%. 

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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