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Less than three-quarters of the U.S. corn crop rated good/excellent, USDA reports

Soybeans may be doing better than corn, but still have falling rating.

The U.S. corn and soybean ratings have yet to catch up to their averages, according to the USDA Monday.

On Monday, the USDA released its Crop Progress Report that shows falling good/excellent corn progress.


In its report, the USDA estimates the corn good/excellent rating at 69%, down from 71% a week ago.

Meanwhile, 29% of the nation’s corn is in the silk growth stage vs. a 32% five-year average.

In addition, the silking progress in major corn-producing states of Illinois and Nebraska is behind the five-year averages. 

The corn in the Cornhusker state is 19% silked vs. a 29% five-year average. In Illinois, the corn crop is silking at a rate of 36% vs. a 53% five-year average.

For the U.S., 3% of the corn crop has entered the dough stage, equal to the five-year average.



USDA rated 48% of the nation’s soybean crop in the blooming stage, up from the 40% five-year average.

Meanwhile, 11% of the U.S. soybean crop is setting pods vs. a 10% five-year average.

In its report, the USDA estimates the soybean good/excellent rating at 68% vs. 71% a week ago.



In its report Monday, the USDA rated the U.S. winter wheat crop as 68% harvested vs. a 66% five-year average. 

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 report. 

“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. Based on standard definitions, these respondents subjectively estimate the progress of crops through various stages of development, as well as the progress of producer activities. They also provide subjective evaluations of crop conditions,” the USDA stated in its Monday report.

Most respondents complete their questionnaires 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, according to the USDA report.

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