OMAHA (DTN) -- The condition of the U.S. corn and soybean crops rose slightly last week, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday. Development of both crops are ahead of the five-year average.
NASS estimated that 72% of the corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, July 26, up 3 percentage points from the previous week and the third highest rating in 10 years.
"Big gains in ratings were seen in Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas and Indiana. The good-to-excellent rating in Iowa was down 3 percentage points to 77%," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.
Corn silking jumped 23 percentage points to reach 82% as of Sunday. That was well ahead of the 51% seen at this time last year and moved this year's silking progress 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 75%. Corn in the dough stage was estimated at 22%, also ahead of the five-year average of 17%.
Soybean development also continued to run ahead of normal last week. Soybeans blooming was estimated at 76%, 4 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. The portion of the crop setting pods was estimated at 43%, 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.
Soybean conditions improved slightly last week. NASS estimated that 72% of the soybean crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of July 26, up 3 percentage points from 69% the previous week and the second highest rating in 10 years.
"Big increases in ratings were seen in Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio. The good-to-excellent rating dropped 3 percentage points in Iowa to 76%," Hultman said.
Winter wheat harvest trails the five-year average by 1 percentage point with an estimated 81% of the crop harvested as of Sunday. That's up 7 percentage points from last week.
"Nebraska is 93% harvested and South Dakota is at 68%," Hultman added.
The percentage of spring wheat headed reached 97% as of Sunday, almost caught up with the five-year average of the five-year average of 98%.
Spring wheat condition increased 2 percentage points to 70% good to excellent.
"The biggest gain the past week was in Idaho where the crop is now 88% good to excellent. Sixty-four percent of the North Dakota crop is rated good to excellent, up from 62% last week," Hultman said.