Periods of precipitation and cooler weather at the end of July across the country eased some corn and soybean stress last week, helping conditions remain mostly stable in the latest USDA Crop Progress Report.
Corn is 80% silking as of Sunday, 5 points behind the five-year average, while corn in the dough stage was estimated at 26%, also 5 points behind the five-year average. An estimated 61% of corn was rated good-to-excellent condition, unchanged from last week and just 1 point below last year’s rating at the same time.
On the soybean side, 79% are blooming, 1 point behind the five-year average and 44% are setting pods, 7 points behind the five-year average of 51%. Soybean quality is steady with 60% rated good to excellent last week. Meanwhile, winter wheat is 82% harvested, 3 points behind last year, with 70% rated good to excellent.
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