USDA Issues Crop Condition Report, 64% Of Corn, 61% Of Soybeans In Good To Excellent Shape


The USDA’s good to excellent rating on corn held steady last week as soybeans declined slightly. Weather continues to be mixed across the Midwest and Plains, with a mostly hot, dry pattern in some key growing areas balanced out by nearly ideal conditions in others.

As of Sunday, 64% of U.S. corn is rated good to excellent, unchanged on the week, with 37% of the crop silking, compared to the five-year average of 48%, and 6% at the dough making stage, compared to 7% on average.

61% of soybeans are in good to excellent shape, 1% less than last week, with 48% blooming, compared to 55% normally in mid-July, and 14% at the pod setting stage, compared to 19% on average.

70% of winter wheat is harvested, compared to the usual rate of 71%.

71% of spring wheat is called good to excellent, up 1%, but just 68% of the crop has headed, compared to 90% on average.

38% of the cotton crop is reported as good to excellent, down 1%, with 74% squaring, compared to 70% on average, and 31% setting bolls, compared to the five-year average of 27%.

72% of rice falls into the good to excellent category, a drop of 5%, and 28% has headed, compared to the typical pace of 31%.

26% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, 3% below a week ago.