USDA Crop Progress - Corn, Soybean Condition Ratings Drop Slightly
OMAHA (DTN) -- Good-to-excellent condition ratings for both corn and soybeans declined just slightly last week, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service's weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.
Nationwide, 70% of corn was rated good to excellent as of Sunday, Aug. 12, down 1 percentage point from 71% the previous week. Last year at this same time, 62% of the crop was rated good to excellent.
"Corn's good-to-excellent rating drop won't carry as much weight as Friday's 14.59-billion-bushel crop estimate by USDA," said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman.
NASS estimated that 73% of corn was in the dough stage as of Sunday, 17 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 56%. Twenty-six percent of corn was dented, 13 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 13%.
Soybean condition also dropped slightly to 66% good to excellent last week, down 1 percentage point from 67% the previous week. However, as with corn, the slight drop in soybean conditions isn't likely to have much impact on Tuesday's trading, Hultman said.
NASS estimated that 96% of soybeans were blooming as of Sunday, 4 percentage points ahead of the average of 92%, and 84% of soybeans were setting pods, 12 percentage points ahead of the average of 72%.
Meanwhile, NASS estimated that 94% of winter wheat was harvested as of Sunday, behind last year's 97% and also behind the average pace of 96%.
Spring wheat harvest was 35% complete as of Sunday, behind last year's 38% but ahead of the five-year average of 27%.
"The spring wheat crop continues to have its highest good-to-excellent rating since 2010, at 75%," Hultman said. "The high rating comes in spite of a recent stretch of hotter and drier conditions in the Northwestern U.S."
Sorghum was 78% headed as of Sunday, ahead of the five-year average of 73%. Sorghum coloring was 37%, near the five-year average of 36%. Sorghum mature was estimated at 21%, equal to last year at the same time but behind the five-year average of 24%. Sorghum condition was rated 49%, unchanged from the previous week.
Barley was 41% harvested as of Sunday, behind 48% last year but ahead of the average of 38%. Barley condition was rated 81% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from 79% the previous week. Oats were 67% harvested as of Sunday, ahead of 64% for last year and also ahead of the five-year average of 64%.
Rice was 91% headed as of Sunday, near 90% last year but ahead of the average of 83%. Eleven percent of rice was harvested, ahead of the average pace of 9%. Cotton was 96% squaring, behind the average of 98%. Seventy-seven percent of cotton was setting bolls, near the average pace of 78%. Thirteen percent of cotton had bolls opening, ahead of the average of 9%. Cotton's good-to-excellent condition rating, at 40%, was unchanged from the previous week, and rice's good-to-excellent rating, at 69%, was also unchanged from the previous week.