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U.S Corn Maturity 5 Percentage Points Ahead of Normal


U.S. row crops continued to race toward maturity with the percentage of corn mature and soybeans dropping leaves ahead of the average pace, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service’s weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.

NASS estimated that 92% of corn was in the dough stage as of Sunday, Aug. 26, 8 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 84%. Sixty-one percent of corn was dented, 19 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 42%. Corn mature nationwide was estimated at 10%, 5 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 5%.

Meanwhile, 95% of soybeans were estimated to be setting pods, 5 percentage points ahead of the average of 90%. Seven percent of soybeans nationwide were dropping leaves, 3 percentage points ahead of the average of 4%.

The good-to-excellent condition ratings for both crops were mostly stable last week. Nationwide, 68% of corn was rated good to excellent as of Sunday, the same as the previous week. Soybean condition was rated to 66% good to excellent last week, up 1 percentage point from 65% the previous week.

Sorghum was 93% headed as of Sunday, ahead of the five-year average of 90%. Sorghum coloring was 55%, also ahead of the five-year average of 52%. Sorghum mature was estimated at 27%, behind 29% at the same time last year and also behind the five-year average of 30%. Twenty percent of the sorghum crop was harvested as of Sunday, near the average pace of 21%.

Barley was 80% harvested as of Sunday, near 81% last year but ahead of the average of 72%. Oats were 89% harvested as of Sunday, ahead of 85% for last year and also ahead of the five-year average of 86%.

Twenty percent of rice was harvested as of Sunday, slightly ahead of the average pace of 18%. Cotton was 91% setting bolls, equal to the average pace. Twenty-one percent of cotton had bolls opening, ahead of the average of 18%.

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
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Dough 92 85 85 84
Corn Dented 61 44 42 42
Corn Mature 10 NA 5 5
Soybeans Setting Pods 95 91 92 90
Soybeans Dropping Leaves 7 NA 5 4
Cotton Setting Bolls 91 86 92 91
Cotton Bolls Opening 21 17 17 18
Sorghum Headed 93 87 90 90
Sorghum Coloring 55 46 48 52
Sorghum Mature 27 23 29 30
Sorghum Harvested 20 NA 21 21
Spring Wheat Harvested 77 60 73 61
Rice Harvested 20 15 23 18
Barley Harvested 80 66 81 72
Oats Harvested 89 80 85 86

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Corn 4 8 20 47 21 4 8 20 48 20 3 9 26 48 14
Soybeans 3 8 23 49 17 3 8 24 49 16 3 8 28 50 11
Sorghum 5 12 30 44 9 5 13 33 41 8 2 5 28 52 13
Cotton 13 18 25 33 11 13 20 25 33 9 5 6 24 46 19
Rice 4 21 60 15 4 23 59 14 1 6 21 55 17

Anthony Greder can be reached at anthony.greder@dtn.com

Follow him on Twitter @AGrederDTN

Source: Anthony Greder, DTN

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