Corn Ratings Decline, Soybeans Improve08/01/2017
The USDA’s national corn condition rating declined slightly last week, while soybeans improved a little. Weather was mixed most of last week, better for development in some areas than in other, but midweek a lot of the Midwest and Plains did see a break from hotter than normal temperatures.
61% of U.S. corn is in good to excellent shape, down 1% on the week, and 13% is poor to very poor, up 1%. 85% of corn is silking, matching the five year average, and 23% is at the dough making stage, just behind normal.
59% of soybeans are rated good to excellent, up 2% from a week ago, but still well below this time last year. 82% of beans are blooming and 48% are at the pod setting stage, both a little ahead of usual.
88% of the winter wheat crop is harvested, with Illinois and Missouri officially wrapped up for the year.
43% of spring wheat is in poor to very poor condition, up 3% on the week, with 9% of the crop harvested. 45% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are called good to excellent, down 1%.