Corn Ratings Drop for First Time This Year08/09/2016
Corn ratings fell for the first time this year as the driest parts of the Midwest brought down the average.
Conditions declined week-over-week by 2 percentage points to 74% good or excellent in the week that ended on Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report on Monday.
Ohio has missed out on much of the rain that’s benefited crops in the `I’ states – Iowa, Illinois and to a lesser extent Indiana – causing corn conditions in the state to fall from 54% good or excellent to 47% in a single week, according to the USDA.
Michigan was another state that saw a significant decline in ratings as the amount of corn receiving top ratings fell from 58% to 54%, according to the government.
Soybean ratings nationwide were unchanged week-over-week, though growers in Ohio were hurt by the lack of rain as conditions tanked from 58% good or excellent to 52% last week. In Illinois, however, some 79% of the crop earned top ratings, up from 77% the prior week, according to the USDA.
Crop ratings as a whole are pretty good this year – 74% of the U.S. corn crop is in good or excellent condition while 72% of the soybean crop has earned top ratings. A point or two here or there isn’t going to make a difference at this point, but all eyes are still on the skies as soybeans are in a critical growth stage and could take a turn for the worse if dry weather sets in nationwide.
That, however, doesn’t appear likely as longer-term forecasts show rain is expected in much of the Midwest in the next six to 15 days.
Source: Successful Farming