USDA Reports 55% Of Corn, 54% Of Soybeans In Good To Excellent Condition


U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings dipped a little over the past week.

That followed high temperatures and mixed rainfall in parts of the Midwest and Plains, while conditions for this week are expected to generally be less threatening.

The USDA says 55% of U.S. corn is in good to excellent shape, down 2% on the week, with 84% of the crop silking, compared to the five-year average of 82%, and 29% at the dough making stage, matching the average pace.

52% of soybeans are called good to excellent, 2% lower, with 83% of the crop blooming and 47% at the pod setting stage, both slightly faster than normal.

80% of winter wheat is harvested, compared to 83% on average.

42% of spring wheat is in good to excellent condition, a drop of 7%, with 97% headed and 2% harvested, both a little bit behind their usual rates.

41% of cotton is rated good to excellent, 5% less than last week, with 86% squaring and 47% setting bolls, slower than the respective five-year averages.

71% of the rice crop is reported as good to excellent, a decline of 5%, and 62% has headed, compared to 54% on average.

55% of sorghum is good to excellent, down 5%, with 45% of the crop headed and 23% coloring, both close to normal.

39% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are good to excellent, 5% under a week ago.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports run through the end of November.