After dipping for several weeks, corn conditions are unchanged from last week in the top 18 producing states according to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report. Released on August 1, the report also showed most of the states’ corn fields finishing with silking and moving on to dough and dent stages.

Corn conditions
Average corn conditions in the top 18 states have leveled out after slowly declining for weeks. The USDA reported 62 percent of corn rated in “good” to “excellent” condition, compared to 71 percent last year:

 National Crop Conditions

Very poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Current Week

5

9

24

46

16

Last Week

5

9

24

46

16

Last Year

3

7

19

47

24

Wisconsin reported the best conditions in the country this week, with 81 percent of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition.  Other states with positive crop conditions include Tennessee (78 percent), Nebraska (77 percent), South Dakota (75 percent), Iowa (75 percent) and Minnesota (74 percent).

Texas even saw improvement this week, marking the first time in a month that conditions have shown gains though Texas corn remains the worst crops in the nation:

 Texas Crop Conditions

Very poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Current Week

36

34

21

9

-

Reported July 25

39

32

22

7

-

Reported July 18

35

30

23

12

-

Reported July 11

35

27

25

13

-

Reported July 5

26

27

30

16

1

The list of struggling states continues to grow, as Missouri reported 28 percent of corn in “very poor” to “poor” condition. Other states suffering from Mother Nature include North Carolina (45 percent) and Kansas (38 percent).

Progress update

Corn silking has reached 83 percent, compared to 92 percent last year and the five-year average of 84 percent.  It is also an improvement of 18 percentage points from last week’s report. Fifty percent of the states reported more corn silking than the national average. North Carolina (99 percent) and Tennessee (98 percent) lead the pack in silking progress.

Nearly 20 percent of corn has now entered the dough stage, which is double last week’s report and just 5 percentage points below the five-year average of 23 percent. Like much of the corn progress this year, crops are progressing slower than 2010’s pace.  All states have reported corn in the dough stage. Seven of the 18 states reported higher percentages of corn doughing than the national average.  North Carolina once again leads the way as 85 percent of the state’s corn is in the dough stage.

Corn denting is the closest to 2010’s pace as 4 percent of corn has dented, compared to last year’s pace of 6 percent and the five-year average of 5 percent.  Of the seven states reporting dented corn, Texas (60 percent) and North Carolina (48) reported the highest percentages.

To read the report…