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U.S. corn, soybean crops advance ahead of average growth, USDA reports

The amount of corn that is silking is slightly off-pace.

The U.S. corn and soybean ratings edge ahead of their averages, according to the USDA Monday.

The USDA released its Crop Progress Report that shows U.S. farmers have seen their corn crops improve.

In its report, the USDA estimates the corn good/excellent rating at 73%, up from 72% a week ago.

Meanwhile, 4% of the nation’s corn is in the silk growth stage vs. a 7% five-year average.


USDA rated 14% of the nation’s soybean crop in the blooming stage, up from the 11% five-year average.

Meanwhile, 95% of the U.S. soybean crop has emerged vs. a 91% five-year average.

In its report, the USDA estimates the soybean good/excellent rating at 71% vs. 70% a week ago.


In its report Monday, the USDA rated the U.S. winter wheat crop as 41% harvested vs. a 41% 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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