Corn progress drags as conditions hold steady

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Corn conditions are unchanged for yet another week despite soggy fields in the central Plains and dry crops along the northern tier of the Corn Belt.

According to the USDA’s “Crop Progress” report released on Monday, 64 percent of the country’s corn is in good to excellent condition – a duplicate of last week’s report. 

However, while conditions may bode well for most of the Corn Belt, a trio of states continues to report the worst conditions in the country – Colorado, Kansas and Missouri.  

Kansas now reigns as having the worst corn in the nation with 26 percent in poor to very poor condition. However, conditions cannot be attributed to only one meteorological factor as drought dominates as the state ranges from parched in the west to flooded in the east. 

Missouri is similar, with 15 percent of corn in these same struggling conditions. Fields in the southern half of the state are soggy with crops in the northern half desperate for rain.

Other states may soon join this list, including Iowa where 17 percent of corn is in poor or worse condition. A wet June helped crops, but a dry July and August has opened the door for a return to drought.

Corn progress remains behind the five-year average. Just 5 percent of corn has dented, compared to the five-year average of 17 percent and last year’s report of 39 percent.  

Soybeans are handling weather slightly better with a slight shift in conditions. Fourteen percent of soybeans are in excellent condition, compared to 13 percent last week. Soybeans in Iowa and Arkansas took a hit thanks to drier weather, but overall conditions are staying steady. Twelve of the top 18 soybean-producing states are reporting fewer than 10 percent of soybeans in poor to very poor condition.

Soybeans are also progressing slightly better than corn, with 88 percent blooming, compared to the five-year average of 92 percent. Fifty-eight percent of soybeans are now setting pods, 10 percentage points below the five-year average.

Read the full “Crop Progress” report here.

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