USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn, Soybean Conditions Continue to Fall

OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn and soybean ratings fell again last week, according to the USDA NASS weekly Crop Progress report released on Tuesday.

NASS estimated that 61% of the nation's corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sunday, Sept. 6, down 1 percentage point from 62% the previous week. The crop's current good-to-excellent rating is still tied for the fifth highest in the past 10 years.

"Most of the major producing states showed small changes for the week. Two exceptions were South Dakota dropping 6 points to 68% and Ohio gaining 4 points to 49%," DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman said.

The report claimed 97% of corn was in the dough stage as of Sunday, 3 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Seventy-nine percent of the crop was dented, 8 percentage points ahead of the average. Corn mature was estimated at 25%, 6 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

Like corn, soybean conditions also declined again last week. NASS estimated that 65% of the nation's soybean crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Sept. 6, also down 1 percentage point from the previous week. The crop's current good-to-excellent rating is the fourth highest in 10 years.

"Notable changes included a 6-point drop in South Dakota, a 5-point drop in Kansas and a 4-point drop in Illinois," Hultman added.

Soybeans dropping leaves was estimated at 20%, 4 percentage points ahead of five-year average.

Spring wheat harvest continued to make steady progress last week, moving ahead another 13 percentage points to reach 82% complete as of Sunday, now bringing it within 5 percentage points of the five-year average.

"North Dakota, the largest spring wheat producer, was 83% harvested versus the average of 88%. Montana was 76% done versus the average of 86% and Washington advanced to 83% complete from 62% last week," DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini said.

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