Soybean emergence is 98% complete, just 1 point ahead of average. Soybeans have started blooming in all major soybean-producing states, and overall bloom is at 24%, 3 points ahead of the five-year average, and well ahead of the 9% bloom rate last year at this time. Just last week the crop was only 10% bloomed.

Soybean condition has held steady over the past week, still at 72% good/excellent overall. This is just 5 points ahead of the ratings last year at this time. Eighty-one percent of Kentucky’s soybean crop is in good/excellent condition, and 80% of the soybeans in North Dakota and Tennessee are in good/excellent condition. A few states have no soybeans in very poor condition, including: Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee. The state with the most beans in very poor/poor condition is Arkansas, with 13% of its soybean crop in very poor/poor condition.