U.S. Corn, Soybean Crops Are Still Going Backward, USDA Says
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The U.S. corn and soybean crops conditions deteriorate, according to the USDA’s weekly Crop Progress Report released Monday.
The overall condition of the corn crop is rated at 56% good to excellent in the top 18 corn producing states, lower than 57% a week ago and 68% a year ago.
The USDA pegged 95% of the corn crop was in the silk stage, compared with a 99% five-year average.
Also, 55% of the corn has entered the dough stage vs. a 76% five-year average.
USDA rated the crop in the dent stage at 15% vs. 30% five-year average.
For folks keeping track at home, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported, Monday, that Texas farmers have harvested 26% of their corn crop vs. 51% a year ago and a 44% five-year average.
Mississippi farmers have 8% of their corn crop picked vs. 19% a year ago and a 20% five-year average. Also, Arkansas farmers have harvested 4% of their 2019 corn vs. 5% a year ago and an 8% five-year average.
The nation’s crop is rated 53% good/excellent compared with 54% a week ago and 65% a year ago.
Also, 90% of the soybean crop is blooming vs. a 96% five-year average.
The USDA pegged the amount of soybeans setting pods at 68%, well below a five-year average of 85%.
The U.S. winter wheat harvest is 93% complete vs. a 98% five-year average. Meanwhile, the U.S. spring wheat crop is rated as 70% good/excellent vs. 69% a week ago.