The heat helped progress the corn crop in the last week. According to the most recent USDA Crop Progress report, many of the major corn-producing states are seeing corn reach maturity, and soybean pod set is nearing average rates. The condition of both crops worsened, however, in the last week.
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The corn crop is reaching the average range at dough stage, with 84% of the overall crop now at that point. The five-year average is 89%. The crop is still well behind average dent stage at 42% dented overall, 19 points behind the five-year average. Four percent of the overall crop has reached maturity. While behind the average of 17%, there are only half a dozen states where no corn has reached maturity yet, including: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The overall corn crop lost 3 points in the good/excellent rating, dropping to 56% good/excellent overall. Sixteen percent of the overall crop is in very poor/poor condition. Last year at this time, 52% of the overall corn crop was in very poor/poor condition.
Soybean pod set is nearing completion, and average. Ninety-two percent of the overall crop has set pods, 4 points behind the five-year average. No state has reached 100% pod set, compared to last year at this time when nine states had reached 100%. Only two states have less than 80% of the crop setting pods: Missouri (79%) and North Carolina (67%).
Soybean condition dropped 4 points in the last week, now at 54% good/excellent overall. The very poor/poor condition ratings increased 2 points to 15% overall. Last year at this time, 37% of the overall soybean crop was in very poor/poor condition.
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