Corn conditions improved slightly this week as the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report showed nine-percent of corn in “very poor” to “poor” condition which is unchanged from last week. Released on July 5, the report also indicated 69 percent of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition, compared to last week’s report of 68 percent.
Nebraska reported the best conditions of the country, with 85 percent of corn rated in “good” to “excellent” condition. Iowa and Wisconsin also reported positive crop conditions with 82 and 81 percent of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition.
Overall ten of the top 18 producing states reported corn in better condition than the national average.
Texas and North Carolina crops continue to struggle with 53 and 50 percent reported to “very poor” to “poor” condition. Kansas also reported a high percentage of lagging crops with 15 percent of corn in “very poor” to “poor” condition. Nearly 50 percent of states reported more acres in “very poor” to “poor” condition than the national average.
Nationally six-percent of corn is silking, compared to the five-year average of 12 percent. Seven of the top 18 producing states reported corn silking. North Carolina reported 89 percent of corn in the silking stage, the highest percentage of the states. Other states reporting high percentages of silking corn including Texas (60 percent) and Tennessee (49 percent).