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.