While the heat has continued to help crop maturity progress, along with lack of rain, it continues to have a negative effect on corn and soybean conditions.
The overall corn crop gained a lot of ground in denting in the last week, going from 42% dented last week to 64% dented this week. The crop is still 11 points behind the five-year average. Wisconsin is the only state with less than half of its overall corn crop at dent stage. The North Carolina corn crop is actually ahead of the five-year average by 1 point and is 100% dented.
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The overall corn crop is 9% mature, well behind the 28% five-year average. All states are seeing some mature corn this week. States with more than 10% of the corn crop at maturity include Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. Last year at this time, 55% of the overall corn crop had reached maturity.
The overall corn condition worsened a bit in the past week, dropping 2 points in the good/excellent rating for an overall rating of 54% good/excellent. Seventeen percent of the overall crop is in very poor/poor condition. Last year at this time, 52% of the overall crop was in very poor/poor condition. The best corn remains in Pennsylvania where 86% of the corn is in good/excellent condition. Corn in the worst condition is in Colorado, where one-third of the crop is in very poor/poor condition. It should be noted that Tennessee has no corn in very poor condition.
With nearly all of the overall soybean crop setting pods (97%), many states are seeing soybeans dropping leaves. Eleven percent of the overall soybean crop has started dropping leaves, 8 points behind the five-year average. Only two states haven’t seen any leaf drop yet: Michigan and Wisconsin. More than half of the soybeans in Louisiana and one-third of the soybeans in Wisconsin are dropping leaves.
Soybean condition, like the corn crop, dropped 2 points in the last week in the good/excellent rating. The overall soybean crop is now at 52% good/excellent. Sixteen percent of the overall soybean crop is in very poor/poor condition. The best-rated soybeans are in Kentucky, where 85% of the soybeans are in good/excellent condition. At the other end of the spectrum, nearly one-third of the Iowa soybean crop is in very poor/poor condition. Last year at this time more than one-third of the overall soybean crop was in very poor/poor condition, while just under one-third was in good/excellent condition.