Crop Progress and Condition Remain a Challenge

Crops continue to run well behind average in this week’s Crop Progress report from USDA.

Corn silking

Soybeans blooming

Sorghum headed

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Average

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Average

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Average

Iowa

41

71

47

72

Kansas

54

74

28

52

7

13

Nebraska

40

70

46

71

17

22

South Dakota

9

50

45

65

9

31

18 States (sorghum,
6 states)

35

66

40

66

27

40

Only 5% of the corn in the 18 states has reached dough stage, compared with 10% on average for this point in the growing season. The same is true of soybean podset, which is at 7% in the 18 states vs. a 28% average. Iowa stands at only 4% (28% average); Kansas, 6% (15% average), Nebraska 8% (25%) and South Dakota 0% (21%). Sixteen percent of sorghum is coloring, compared with a 22%.

Corn condition worsened very slightly again, losing 1 percentage point from the prior week. At 57% good/excellent and 13% poor/very poor, it looks much worse than last year’s 75% in the top two categories and 9% in the bottom two.

Soybean condition is unchanged at 54% good/excellent and 12% poor/very poor compared with 70% and 8% at this time last year.

USDA’s condition charts below bring home just how concerning this year’s corn and soybean condition is compared with the prior four years. Grain Sorghum, on the other hand, is enjoying better ratings than recent past years. Please note they run one week behind; the data ends with July 14.

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Winter wheat

Winter wheat harvest has reached 69% in the 18 sates, 10 points behind average. Kansas is at 96% versus 98% average for this week; Nebraska is at only 33%, compared with a 76% average; and no harvest has been reported in South Dakota, while 42% usually is completed by this time.