USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn Rated 73% Good to Excellent, Soybeans 71% Good to Excellent

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn and soybean conditions rose slightly last week and remain among the highest of the past decade, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

NASS estimated that 73% of the corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, June 28, up 1 percentage point from 72% the previous week and well above 56% at the same time a year ago. The current rating is the third-highest good-to-excellent rating since 2011, noted DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

"Iowa and Minnesota continue to stand out with high good-to-excellent ratings of 85% and 84%, respectively," Hultman said. "Crops in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio showed significant improvements of 7 to 8 percentage points each."

NASS estimated that 4% of corn was silking, slightly ahead of 2% last year and slightly behind the five-year average of 7%.

Soybean emergence was estimated at 95% as of Sunday, 15 percentage points ahead of last year's 80% and 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 91%. Soybeans blooming was estimated at 14%, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 11%.

NASS estimated national soybean crop condition at 71% good to excellent, also up 1 percentage points from 70% the previous week. As with corn, the current good-to-excellent rating for soybeans is the third-highest since 2011.

"Five- to 8-percentage-point improvements were seen from Illinois to Ohio and included Michigan," Hultman said. "The good-to-excellent soybean rating in Kansas showed the biggest loss, down 6 points."

Spring wheat headed was estimated at 36%, 9 percentage points behind the average of 45%. Spring wheat condition was estimated at 69% good to excellent, down 6 percentage points from 75% the previous week.

"Only 59% of the spring wheat in North Dakota was rated either good or excellent, down from 69% last week," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "Minnesota (80% good to excellent), Montana (81%) and Washington (85%) remained highly rated."

Winter wheat harvest moved ahead 12 percentage points last week to reach 41% complete as of Sunday, equal to the five-year average.

"Kansas is 47% harvested compared to 51% average. Illinois is 63% harvested compared to 26% last week and even with the five-year average. Missouri is 66% done compared to the 67% average. Washington (96%) and Oklahoma (95%) are nearly done with harvest," Mantini said.

Winter wheat condition -- for the portion of the crop still in fields -- was rated 52% good to excellent, unchanged from the previous week.

"Forty-six percent of the Kansas crop was rated good to excellent, up from 44% last week. Montana at 87% good to excellent, Illinois at 74% and Washington at 84% were three of the major states that rated high," Mantini said.

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