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

OMAHA (DTN) -- Good-to-excellent condition ratings were the same for both U.S. corn and soybeans last week -- a slight drop for corn but steady for soybeans, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

NASS estimated that 71% of the corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, July 5, down 2 percentage points from 73% the previous week but still well above 57% at the same time a year ago.

"Iowa and Minnesota, each with 85% good-to-excellent corn condition ratings, continue to stand out, as does Pennsylvania at 82% and Nebraska at 74% good to excellent," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "Michigan and Colorado have the highest percentage of corn rated very poor to poor, at 14% and 16%, respectively."

Corn silking continued to run behind the average pace last week. NASS estimated that 10% of corn was silking, 6 percentage points behind the five-year average of 16%.

Soybean development, on the other hand, was near to slightly ahead of normal last week. Soybeans blooming was estimated at 31%, 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 24%, while soybeans setting pods was estimated at 2%, near the five-year average of 4%.

"Key soybean-producing states like Iowa (37% in bloom), Minnesota (43%) and Nebraska (41%) are well ahead of average," Mantini noted.

The national soybean condition rating came in the same as the corn crop: 71% good to excellent. That was unchanged from the previous week and still well ahead of 53% at the same time last year.

"The percentage of soybeans nationwide rated excellent rose by 1 percentage point from last week to 14%," Mantini noted. "Iowa, at 84% good to excellent, along with Minnesota (83%), Wisconsin (79%) and Nebraska (76%), soybeans are highly rated."

The percentage of spring wheat headed jumped 27 percentage points last week to reach 63% as of Sunday, 5 percentage points behind the average of 68%.

Spring wheat condition was estimated at 70% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from 69% the previous week.

"A 7-percentage-point drop in Idaho's spring wheat rating was offset by smaller gains in other spring wheat states," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

Meanwhile, winter wheat harvest moved ahead 15 percentage points last week to reach 56% complete as of Sunday, 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average of 55%.

"Harvest in Kansas in 80% complete, Illinois is 81% and Missouri is at 84% finished," Hultman said. "Nebraska winter wheat is 16% harvested, and South Dakota has not started yet."

Winter wheat condition -- for the portion of the crop still in fields -- was rated 51% good to excellent, down 1 percentage point from 52% from the previous week. Sixty-one percent of North Dakota's winter wheat crop was rated good-to-excellent.

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