According the USDA"s latest Crop Progress report, the states seeing the highest percentages of corn in poor or worse conditions are generally located in the eastern Corn Belt.
North Carolina continues to lead the pack, reporting 28 percent of corn in poor or very poor condition.
“Continued high temperatures and lack of rainfall have resulted in declining field conditions,” an extension office in Randolph County, N.C., reported.
Other states reporting high percentages of struggling corn include Indiana (25 percent) and Ohio (20 percent).
Nationally, corn conditions remained unchanged for yet another week. Currently 10 percent of corn is in poor or very poor condition.
The USDA also showed 20 percent of corn mature, compared to 14 percent last year and the five-year average of 2 percent.
Soybeans: 11 percent in poor, very poor condition
With the exception of Missouri (23 percent), the worst soybean conditions are generally seen in the eastern Corn Belt. Indiana and Ohio, with 22 percent and 21 percent of their soybeans in poor or worse conditions respectively, are still struggling against Mother Nature.
In Indiana, with a soggy start to the growing season, has thus far ended in dryness. As the regional NASS office explained in an update, “Hot and dry weather quickly pushed crops into maturity, although much of the corn and soybean fields remained stressed from the lack of sufficient moisture.
Nationally, soybean conditions are similar to those seen in corn - unchanged. Currently 11 percent of the country’s soybeans are in poor or very poor condition.
The USDA also reported 18 percent of soybeans dropping leaves, putting the 2015 progress slightly ahead of last year’s pace and the five-year average.
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