In the major producing states good/excellent ratings for corn were up by one to three points on Monday's Crop Progress and Condition report from USDA. The weather pattern during the next 7 to 10 days looks favorable for developing corn and soybeans in the Midwest with adequate rainfall and moderate temperatures. Rainfall is expected to remain limited in the Northern Plains. Temperatures will be on the cool side, limiting any significant stress. The crop that has been hurt the most in the Northern Plains is spring wheat in South Dakota and Montana due to very hot weather earlier in the month. Conditions were less severe in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Wheat harvest progress in the north Delta and southeast Midwest is running well ahead of normal. This could lead to increased double-cropped soybean acreage. The harvest continues to advance northward in the Southern Plains. It is running ahead of normal in Texas and Oklahoma and near normal in Kansas.
Our latest calculation of the sea surface temperature departure in the equatorial eastern Pacific for the first half of June was +0.4 degree Celsius. This is down from a +0.7 observed during the month of May. With the end of the coastal El Nino event sea surface temperature departures are returning to more normal
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