U.S. corn, soybean crops are still going backward, USDA says
The U.S. corn and soybean crops conditions deteriorate, according to the USDA’s weekly Crop Progress Report released Monday.
The overall condition of the corn crop is rated at 56% good to excellent in the top 18 corn producing states, lower than 57% a week ago and 68% a year ago.
The USDA pegged 95% of the corn crop was in the silk stage, compared with a 99% five-year average.
Also, 55% of the corn has entered the dough stage vs. a 76% five-year average.
USDA rated the crop in the dent stage at 15% vs. 30% five-year average.
For folks keeping track at home, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported, Monday, that Texas farmers have harvested 26% of their corn crop vs. 51% a year ago and a 44% five-year average.
Mississippi farmers have 8% of their corn crop picked vs. 19% a year ago and a 20% five-year average. Also, Arkansas farmers have harvested 4% of their 2019 corn vs. 5% a year ago and an 8% five-year average.
The nation’s crop is rated 53% good/excellent compared with 54% a week ago and 65% a year ago.
Also, 90% of the soybean crop is blooming vs. a 96% five-year average.
The USDA pegged the amount of soybeans setting pods at 68%, well below a five-year average of 85%.
The U.S. winter wheat harvest is 93% complete vs. a 98% five-year average. Meanwhile, the U.S. spring wheat crop is rated as 70% good/excellent vs. 69% a week ago.