USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

Corn, Soybean Good-to-Excellent Condition Ratings Fall Again

Anthony Greder
By  Anthony Greder , DTN Managing Editor
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This article was originally posted at 3:06 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 31. It was last updated at 3:49 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 31.

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OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings continued to fall last week as a flash drought fried crops over a sizeable portion of the Plains and north-central Midwest, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

NASS estimated that 62% of the nation's corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, Aug. 30, down 2 percentage points from 64% the previous week. The crop's current good-to-excellent rating is tied for fifth highest in the past 10 years.

Iowa corn's good-to-excellent rating fell 5 percentage points to 45% last week, and Nebraska corn's good-to-excellent rating was down 2 percentage points to 64%, said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

The heat and dryness also pushed corn swiftly toward maturity. Ninety-four percent of corn was in the dough stage as of Sunday, 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 89%, and 63% of the crop was dented, 7 percentage points ahead of the average of 56%. Corn mature was estimated at 12%, 2 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 10%.

While corn development was slightly ahead of normal, soybean development continued to run at a near-average pace. Soybeans setting pods was estimated at 95%, just 2 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 93%. Soybeans dropping leaves was estimated at 8%, equal to the five-year average.

Like corn, soybean conditions also declined again last week. NASS estimated that 66% of the nation's soybean crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Aug. 30, down 3 percentage points from 69% the previous week. The crop's current good-to-excellent rating is still tied for the third highest in 10 years.

Spring wheat harvest continued to make steady progress last week, moving ahead another 20 percentage points to reach 69% complete as of Sunday, bringing it to within 8 percentage points of the five-year average of 77%.

"North Dakota, the largest spring wheat producer, was 59% harvested, down from the five-year average of 75%," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

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To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/…. Look for the U.S. map in the "Find Data and Reports by" section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state's "Crop Progress & Condition" report.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Dough 94 88 78 89
Corn Dented 63 44 37 56
Corn Mature 12 5 5 10
Soybeans Setting Pods 95 92 84 93
Soybeans Dropping Leaves 8 4 3 8
Spring Wheat Harvested 69 49 50 77
Cotton Setting Bolls 93 88 95 95
Cotton Bolls Opening 29 22 34 26
Sorghum Headed 96 91 90 94
Sorghum Coloring 58 47 49 58
Sorghum Mature 24 21 23 29
Oats Harvested 91 85 81 90
Barley Harvested 74 55 67 83
Rice Headed 97 93 97 99
Rice Harvested 20 17 19 25

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Corn 5 9 24 48 14 4 8 24 49 15 3 10 29 47 11
Soybean 3 7 24 53 13 2 6 23 55 14 3 10 32 46 9
Cotton 15 13 28 35 9 12 13 29 37 9 1 14 37 39 9
Rice 1 3 20 59 17 1 3 20 58 18 1 4 25 47 23
Sorghum 6 12 32 39 11 5 11 30 43 11 1 5 27 53 14

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