Corn and soybean crop conditions declined over the past week, but nearly as much as they have in past weeks. Both crops lost only 2 points in the good/excellent ratings. Growing progress continues for both crops. Corn is denting in two-thirds of the states, and over one-third of the overall crop has reached dough stage. Soybeans are nearly bloomed in all states, and over half of the overall crop is setting pods.
Almost all of the overall corn crop has silked. This is well ahead of the 77% five-year average. Corn in Illinois is reported to have silked on 100% of the fields. Thirty-seven percent of the overall corn crop has hit dough stage, 20 points ahead of the five-year average. The Michigan crop has yet to see corn reach dough stage. Corn has started denting in all major corn-producing states except: Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, which goes along with the five-year average. The overall crop is 13% dented, 10 points ahead of the 3% five-year average at this point.
The corn crop condition declined 2 points in the good/excellent rating, picking those points up in the very poor rating. Illinois has no corn rated excellent, and only 5% of its crop is rated good. Seventy-one percent of the corn in Illinois is rated very poor/poor. The Missouri crop is still the hardest hit with 83% of the crop in very poor/poor condition. The best corn is in Minnesota and North Dakota where both states have just over 50% of the crop in good/excellent condition.
Soybeans are close to finishing bloom; the overall crop is 88% bloomed, ahead of the 75% five-year average. Fifty-five percent of the overall crop is setting pods, 20 points ahead of the five year average, and 19 points ahead of last week. Wisconsin had the largest growth in pods in the last week, going from 15% last week to 41% of the plants setting pods this week. Soybeans in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota all jumped more than 20 percentage points in pod setting.
The soybean crop also declined 2 percentage points in the good/excellent rating over the last week. The overall crop now stands at 29% good/excellent and 37% very poor/poor condition. Unfortunately for Missouri producers, their soybean crop ranks high in the very poor/poor condition at 72%. There are no soybeans in Illinois or Kansas that are in excellent condition. The best soybeans in the country are in Mississippi and Louisiana, where both crops are rated 64% good/excellent.