Another mixed week of weather in many key U.S. growing areas led to an improvement in the USDA’s national corn condition rating and a decline in soybeans.
62% of U.S. corn is in good to excellent shape as of Sunday, up 2% from the previous week, and while key development phases are slower than average, they did manage to make up some ground. 97% of the crop is silking, compared to the five year average of 98%, 61% is at the dough making stage, compared to 62%, and 16% has dented, compared to 20% typically this time of year.
59% of U.S. soybeans are called good to excellent, down 1%, and nationally, development is faster than normal. 94% of beans are blooming, compared to 93% on average, and 79% are setting pods, compared to 75%.
97% of this year’s winter wheat crop is harvested, compared to 96% normally, with activity wrapped up in many states, including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
33% of spring wheat is rated good to excellent, up 1%, but far too late for any real improvement, and while 40% of the crop is harvested, it’s unknown how many of the abandoned acres have been counted.
47% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are rated good to excellent, 3% higher than the previous week.
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