This article was originally posted at 3:07 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 23. It was last updated at 3:52 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 23.
OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn and soybean conditions fell again last week, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report Monday. The trade had expected conditions for both crops to hold steady.
Following a 2-percentage-point drop in the Aug. 16 report, U.S. corn condition fell another 2 percentage points last week to reach 60% good to excellent as of Sunday, Aug. 22, NASS said. The current rating is now tied for the third-lowest good-to-excellent rating in the past 12 years, said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.
"Illinois had the largest decline in corn condition of 7 percentage points followed by Wisconsin with a 5-point decline," Hultman said.
Corn dented was estimated at 41%, slightly ahead of the five-year average of 38%, while the percent of the crop reaching maturity was equal to the five-year average of 4%.
After falling 3 percentage points in the Aug. 16 report, soybean conditions also dropped another 1 percentage point last week to reach 56% good to excellent as of Sunday. As with corn, current soybean conditions are tied with the third-lowest rating in the past 12 years, Hultman said.
"Illinois, Kansas and Missouri all had 4-percentage-point declines, which more than offset a 6-percentage-point gain in Arkansas," Hultman said.
Soybean development moved ahead at a near-average pace last week, with soybeans blooming at 97%, equal to the five-year average; soybeans setting pods at 88%, just 1 percentage point ahead of the average of 87%; and soybeans dropping leaves at 3%, equal to the average pace.
Meanwhile, spring wheat harvest showed no sign of slowing down last week, jumping ahead another 19 percentage points to reach 77% complete as of Sunday and maintaining a 22-percentage-point lead over the five-year average of 55%.
"Minnesota's spring wheat harvest is almost done, at 98% complete," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "South Dakota is 87% finished, and North Dakota is 73% harvested."
The following are some other highlights from this week's Crop Progress report:
Sorghum headed was 90%, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Sorghum coloring was pegged at 44%, 2 percentage points behind average. Sorghum condition was rated 62% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points.
Cotton squaring was 97%, 6 percentage points behind the average. Cotton setting bolls was 79%, 10 percentage points behind the average pace. Cotton condition was rated 71% good to excellent, up 4 percentage points from the previous week.
Rice was 93% headed, 2 percentage points behind the average pace. Rice harvested was 14%, 2 percentage points behind the average pace. Rice condition was rated 77% good to excellent, up 3 percentage points from the previous week.
Oats were 87% harvested, 6 percentage points behind average. Barley was 72% harvested, 9 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.
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|
|Soybeans Setting Pods||88||81||91||87|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves||3||NA||4||3|
|Cotton Setting Bolls||79||75||87||89|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||14||10||21||19|
|Spring Wheat Harvested||77||58||46||55|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
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