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Corn, soybean condition decline for 3 straight weeks

The USDA released its 21st 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 August 21, 97% of corn is silking, slightly behind the five-year average of 99%.

USDA says 75% of the U.S. corn crop has reached the dough stage, compared to the five-year average of 79%.

Thirty-one percent has reached the dented stage, compared with the five-year average of 35%. 

Four percent is mature, right on track with the five-year average. 

In the top 18 corn growing states, crop condition was rated 55% good/excellent, a 2% drop from last week.

Eighteen percent was rated poor/very poor, which is up 2% from last week.

corn crop condition August 22,22


USDA’s report noted 97% of the soybean crop has bloomed, which is on track with the five-year average.

Soybeans setting pods are at 84% across the top 18 soybean growing states. The five-year average for this point in the season is 86%.

Soybean crop condition was rated 57% good/excellent, a 1% drop from last week. Soybeans rated poor/very poor rose slightly to 13% this week.

soybean crop condition August 22,22


Spring wheat is 33% harvested in the top six producing states, 21% behind the five-year average. 

Spring wheat crop condition was rated 64% good/excellent, which is unchanged from the last two week. Only 8% was rated poor/very poor, up 2% from last week. 

This week 95% of the winter wheat crop has been harvested, 2% behind 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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