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USDA Crop Progress Report Grades Corn Condition Slightly Better
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The U.S. corn and soybean crops made slight improvements vs. a week ago, but remain behind five-year averages for silking and emergence, according to the USDA’s weekly Crop Progress Report released Monday.
The overall condition of the corn crop is rated at 58% good to excellent in the top 18 corn producing states, compared with 57% a week ago.
USDA pegged just 17% of the corn crop was in the silk stage, compared with a 42% five-year average.
As of Sunday, Illinois had just 19% of its corn crop in the silk growth stage, Indiana 10% and Iowa 8%.
The nation’s crop is rated 54% good/excellent, a 1% rise from last week.
Also, 95% of the soybean crop is emerged vs. a 99% five-year average.
The USDA pegged the soybean blooming activity at 22%, well below a five-year average of 49%.
The U.S. winter wheat harvest is 57% complete vs. a 71% five-year average.
Meanwhile, the U.S. spring wheat crop is rated as 76% good to excellent, below last week’s 78% rating.