Corn and soybean development was well ahead of the five-year average pace nationwide at the end of last week, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service’s weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.
NASS estimated that 37% of corn was silking as of Sunday, July 8, 19 percentage points ahead of 18% for both last year and the five-year average.
Corn’s condition rating fell just slightly again from 76% good to excellent the previous week to 75% last week.
“Corn’s condition rating is slightly below where the successful 2016 corn crop was at this time,” said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. “The highest poor-to-very-poor ratings for corn were found in the drier areas of Texas, Missouri and Kansas.”
Soybean development was also running well ahead of normal, with NASS estimating 47% of the crop blooming as of Sunday, 20 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 27%. Eleven percent of soybeans were estimated to be setting pods, 7 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 4%.
“The soybean crop’s current condition rating is the same as soybeans showed at this same time in 2016,” Hultman said. “Missouri has the worst soybean conditions with 16% rated poor or very poor.”
Meanwhile, NASS estimated that 63% of winter wheat was harvested as of Sunday, slightly behind last year’s pace of 65%, but slightly ahead of the five-year average of 61%. Ninety-two percent of winter wheat had been harvested in Kansas as of Sunday.
Spring wheat was 81% headed as of Sunday, ahead of last year’s 76% and also ahead of the five-year average of 69%. The condition of the crop jumped 3 percentage points from 77% good to excellent the previous week to 80% good to excellent as of Sunday.
“That’s the highest good-to-excellent rating for spring wheat this time of year since 2010,” Hultman said. “South Dakota is not seeing the same success with 14% of its spring wheat crop rated either poor or very poor.”
Sorghum was 25% headed, behind 28% last year and behind the five-year average of 27%. Sorghum coloring was 17%, even with both last year and the five-year average. Sorghum condition slipped again from 53% good to excellent the previous week to 51% last week.
Barley was 78% headed as of Sunday, ahead of 69% last year and also ahead of the average pace of 73%. Oats were 91% headed, slightly behind 92% last year but slightly ahead of the average of 89%. Ten percent of oats were harvested as of Sunday, near 9% for both last year and the five-year average.
Rice was 21% headed as of Sunday, equal to last year and slightly ahead of the average of 20%. Cotton was 59% squaring, ahead of the average of 55%. Twenty-one percent of cotton was setting bolls, also ahead of the average pace of 15%. The good-to-excellent category was also up 1 percentage point for both crops last week. Rice’s good-to-excellent condition rating rose by 1 percentage point last week, while cotton’s good-to-excellent rating dropped by 2 percentage points.
To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov. Look for the U.S. map in the “Find Data and Reports by” section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state’s “Crop Progress & Condition” report.
|National Crop Progress Summary|
|Soybeans Setting Pods||11||NA||6||4|
|Cotton Setting Bolls||21||12||18||15|
|Spring Wheat Headed||81||58||76||69|
|Winter Wheat Harvested||63||51||65||61|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
Source: Anthony Greder, DTN
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