USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn Condition Drops; Soybeans 93% Planted

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn planting in much of the U.S. had wrapped up by the end of last week, while the condition of the portion of the crop that had emerged fell, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

NASS was no longer reporting national corn planting progress for the year in its report on Monday, though some Northern states were still reporting small portions of their intended acres were left to plant.

Nationwide, 95% of corn had emerged, 21 percentage points ahead of last year and 3 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 92%.

NASS estimated that 75% of the nation's corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, down 4 percentage points from last week. That puts this year's current good-to-excellent rating roughly in the middle of the range of the past 10 years.

"Good-to-excellent ratings remain high in Iowa (83%) and Minnesota (84%)," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. "In Nebraska, the good-to-excellent rating dropped from 83% last week to 71% on June 14."

Soybean planting also moved closer to the finish line last week, gaining 7 percentage points to reach 93% complete as of Sunday. That put this year's current progress 21 percentage points ahead of last year's pace and 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 88%.

Soybean emergence was estimated at 81% as of Sunday, 32 percentage points ahead of last year's 49% and ahead of the five-year average of 75%.

NASS estimated national soybean crop condition at 72% good to excellent, the same as the previous week and the fourth-highest good-to-excellent rating in the most recent 10 years.

NASS was no longer reporting spring wheat planting progress in Monday's report, while spring wheat emergence was estimated at 95%, slightly ahead of last year's 92% and just 2 percentage points behind the average of 97%. Spring wheat headed was estimated at 4%, behind the average of 8%.

Spring wheat condition was estimated at 81% good to excellent, down 1 percentage points from 82% the previous week but above last year's 77%.

"Good-to-excellent ratings in key spring-wheat-producing states Minnesota (88%), Montana (84%) and North Dakota (78%) are well above average," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini.

Winter wheat was 91% headed at the end of last week compared to 87% last year at the same time and a five-year average of 94%. Winter wheat harvest picked up speed, moving ahead 8 percentage points last week to reach 15% complete as of Sunday, equal to the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition was rated 50% good to excellent, down 1 percentage point from 51% the previous week. The current good-to-excellent rating is below last year's 64%.

"The good-to-excellent rating in Kansas was 45%, up 3 points from a week ago," Mantini said. "Oklahoma wheat was rated 46% good to excellent, Texas was 34% and Illinois wheat was 66% good to excellent. States with the highest very-poor-to-poor ratings include Colorado at 38%, Kansas at 21% and Oklahoma at 25%."

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