USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn Condition Up Slightly as Gains Outweigh Losses

OMAHA (DTN) -- The condition of the nation's corn crop did something last week it hasn't done in a while -- it improved, albeit just slightly, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.


Nationwide, corn condition was rated 65% good to excellent as of Sunday, July 11, up 1 percentage point from 64% the previous week. The current rating is the same as this time in 2017.


"Rating gains in South Dakota, Iowa and Michigan slightly won out over declines in Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois and Colorado," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.


Corn silking was estimated at 26%, the same as last year but 4 percentage points behind the five-year average of 40%. Corn in the dough stage was estimated at 3%, on par with both last year and the five-year average.


Meanwhile, soybean conditions held steady last week at 59%, though that's still the third-lowest rating in 12 years, Hultman said.


"Crop rating declines in Illinois and Kansas were offset by higher ratings in Iowa and South Dakota," Hultman said.

NASS estimated that 46% of the crop was blooming as of Sunday, equal to last year's pace but 6 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 40%. Ten percent of soybeans were setting pods, equal to the five-year average.


For the first time in several weeks, spring wheat condition also held steady from the previous week, though it remains at an abysmal 16% good to excellent, still the lowest good-to-excellent rating since 1988.


"That portion of the crop rated poor to very poor rose by another 5 percentage points to 55% poor to very poor," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "Minnesota is 28% good to excellent and 33% poor to very poor, while North Dakota is 16% good to excellent and 54% poor to very poor, and South Dakota is just 3% good to excellent and 71% poor to very poor. Washington state is rated as 83% poor to very poor."


Eighty-three percent of the spring wheat crop was headed, 2 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 81%.

Winter wheat harvest progressed 14 percentage points during the week to reach 59% complete as of Sunday. That is 6 percentage points behind the five-year average of 65%. NASS is no longer reporting conditions for this year's winter wheat crop.


The following are some other highlights from this week's Crop Progress report:


Sorghum headed was 29%, 1 percentage point behind average. Sorghum coloring was pegged at 15%, also 1 percentage point behind average. Sorghum condition was rated 70% good to excellent.


Cotton squaring was 55%, 6 percentage points behind average. Cotton setting bolls was 16%, 4 percentage points behind the average pace of 20%. Cotton condition was rated 56% good to excellent, up 4 percentage points from the previous week.


Rice was 21% headed, 4 percentage points behind the average pace of 25%. Rice condition was rated 71% good to excellent, down 2 percentage points from the previous week.


Oats headed was at 94% and 11% of the crop was harvested. Oats were rated 35% in good-to-excellent condition, up 1 percentage point from the previous week. Barley was 78% headed, equal to the five-year average. Barley condition was rated 24% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from the previous week.






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