The USDA’s latest Crop Progress report released June 13 showed 69 percent of corn in the top 18 producing states rated in “good” to “excellent” condition, compared to 67 percent last week.

Fifty percent of the states reported conditions at or above the national average. Iowa reported the best conditions of the states, with 84 percent rated in “good” to “excellent” condition and just two-percent rated in “poor” to “very poor” condition. Other states leading in crop condition include Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Texas and North Carolina saw the worst conditions reported, with 40 and 36 percent of corn in “poor” to “very poor” condition.

Corn planting across the nation is now 99 percent complete. Ohio, after struggling against the weather to get the upper hand on corn planting, reports 93 percent of corn in the ground. Although it is still behind all other states, Ohio is now just three percentage points away from the five-year average.

Corn has emerged in 91 percent of the states, compared to 79 percent last week and the five-year average of 96 percent. Five states leading the pack in emerged corn includes North Carolina (100 percent), Iowa (99 percent), Kansas (98 percent), Nebraska (98 percent) and Tennessee (98 percent).  

To read the report…