The USDA’s national corn condition rating improved slightly last week, but remains near multi-year lows. The major U.S. crops have all been affected by weather this year, ranging from wetter than normal conditions during corn and soybean planting and early winter wheat development, to a drier pattern starting to emerge in parts of the Midwest and Plains.
58% of the crop is in good to excellent condition, up 1% on the week, but down 14% from this time last year. 58% of corn is silking, compared to the five-year average of 83% and 13% has reached the dough making stage, compared to 23% on average.
54% of U.S. soybeans are called good to excellent, unchanged from a week and 16% below a year ago. 57% of beans are blooming, compared to the usual pace of 79% and 21% are at the pod setting stage, compared to 45% normally in late July.
75% of the winter wheat crop is harvested, compared to 86% on average, with Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas wrapped up for the year.
73% of spring wheat is rated good to excellent, down 3% from last week and 5% less than last year, with 97% of the crop headed.
86% of cotton is squaring and 45% of the crop is setting bolls, both just behind the typical pace, with 61% of the crop in good to excellent shape, up 1%.
42% of rice has headed, compared to 57% on average, and 68% of the crop is called good to excellent, an improvement of 3%.
64% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, up 2% from a week ago and 23% above a year ago.