Corn Ratings Drop for First Time This Year

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

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