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Corn condition steady, good/excellent soybeans drop 1%

The USDA released its 15th 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 July 10, 15% of corn is silking compared with the five-year average of 25%.

USDA says 2% of the U.S. corn crop has reached the dough stage. The five-year average is 3%.

Corn crop condition was rated 64% good/excellent, no change from the July 5 report. Of the top 18 corn growing states, Wisconsin leads with 19% of its crop in excellent shape. In North Carolina, 21% of the corn crop is in very poor condition.

Map of corn conditon


USDA’s report noted 32% of the soybean crop has bloomed, a jump from 16% blooming last week. Soybeans blooming remains behind the five-year average of 38%.

Soybeans setting pods are at 6% across the top 18 soybean growing states. That’s up 3% from last week. The five-year average for this point in the season is 9%.

Soybean crop condition was rated 62% good/excellent, a 1% drop from the July 5 report. Arkansas soybeans were rated 16% excellent while the crop in Tennessee is struggling at 6% very poor.

Map of soybean crop condition


Spring wheat was reported at 44% headed, up 14% from last week, but well behind the five-year average of 77%. Spring wheat crop condition was rated 70% good/excellent and 5% poor/very poor.

This week 9% of the winter wheat crop was harvested to bring the total harvest to 63% complete.

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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