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Corn Crop Condition Inches Higher, USDA Says

Soybean crop’s good/excellent rating stays steady.

DES MOINES, Iowa --  The U.S. corn and soybean crops conditions change little, according to the USDA’s weekly Crop Progress Report released Tuesday.

Corn

The overall condition of the corn crop is rated at 58% good to excellent in the top 18 corn producing states, above 57% a week ago and 67% a year ago.

The USDA pegged 81% of the corn crop was in the dough stage, compared with a 93% five-year average.

Also, 41% of the corn has entered the dent stage vs. a 63% five-year average.

USDA rated the crop in the mature stage at 6% vs. 13% five-year average.

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Soybeans

The nation’s crop is rated 55% good/excellent compared with 55% a week ago and 66% a year ago.

Also, 96% of the soybean crop is blooming vs. a 100% five-year average.

The USDA pegged the amount of soybeans setting pods at 86%, well below a five-year average of 96%.

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Wheat

The U.S. spring wheat harvest is 55% complete vs. a 78% five-year average.

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