USDA Weekly Crop Progress - Corn Reaches 35% Silking, Good-to-Excellent Condition Way Down From Last

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn and soybean development took a nice jump from last week's Crop Progress report, but continues to lag far behind the five-year average pace, according to the latest USDA NASS Crop Progress report released Monday.

As of Sunday, July 21, an estimated 35% of corn was silking, up 18 percentage point from the previous week and 31 percentage points behind the five-year average of 66%.

Corn condition, estimated at 57% good to excellent, was down 1 percentage point from 58% the previous week.

"Some notable bad states were Illinois at 43%, Indiana at 35%, Ohio at 35%, Missouri at 33% and Michigan at 42%. North Dakota at 77%, Nebraska at 77% and Minnesota at 57% were the best ratings in key major states," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

Soybean development also remained behind normal last week. NASS estimated that 40% of soybeans were blooming, up 18 percentage points from the previous week but 26 percentage points behind the five-year average of 66%.

The soybean crop's good-to-excellent rating of 54% was unchanged from the previous week.

"Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio are major states with the worst ratings, while Nebraska at 73%, North Dakota at 65%, and Minnesota at 62% are the majors with the best rating," said Mantini.

Winter wheat harvest moved ahead another 12 percentage points last week to reach 69% complete as of Sunday, behind last year's 79% and 10 percentage points behind the five-year average of 79%.

The Spring wheat crop was 92% headed, up 14 percentage points from 78% the previous week, but was 2 percentage points behind the five-year average of 94%.

Spring wheat condition was rated 76% good to excellent, unchanged from the previous week.

"Key states Minnesota and North Dakota continued to lead the pack at 85% and 80% good to excellent, respectively," concluded Mantini.

Sorghum was pegged at 27% headed, 13 percentage points behind the five-year average of 40%. Sorghum coloring was estimated at 16%, behind the average of 22%. Sorghum condition was rated 73% good to excellent. Oats were 94% headed, behind the average of 98%.

Cotton squaring reached 78% as of Sunday, behind the average pace of 80%. Cotton setting bolls was 33%, also behind the average of 37%. Cotton condition was rated 60% good to excellent, up 4 percentage points from the previous week's 56% good to excellent. Rice headed was pegged at 31%, behind the average of 43%. Rice condition was rated 65% good to excellent.

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