U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings unchanged, USDA reports
U.S. corn and soybean crop conditions are unchanged.
Overall, progress for both crops remains the same vs. a week ago, according to the USDA Crop Progress Report.
As of Sunday, 91% of the U.S. corn crop is in the dough stage vs. 89% five-year average.
Also, 59% of the nation’s corn is in the dent growth stage vs. a 55% five-year average.
The USDA pegged 9% of the crop as mature vs. a 10% five-year average.
On Monday, the U.S. corn condition rating was marked at 60% good/excellent vs. 60% a week ago.
As of Sunday, the USDA rated the nation’s soybean crop as 9% dropping leaves vs. a 7% five-year average.
The USDA noted that 93% of the soybeans are in the setting pods stage vs. a 92% five-year average.
For soybeans, 56% is rated good/excellent, above 56% a week ago.
In its report Monday, the USDA rated the U.S. spring wheat crop as 88% harvested vs. a 71% 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. Regardless of when questionnaires are completed, respondents are asked to report for the entire week ending on Sunday, according to the report.