Source: Brownfield Ag News
The USDA’s national corn and soybean condition ratings improved last week. That followed solid rainfall in parts of the Midwest and Plains, but that precipitation did miss portions of the region and forecasts for this week are also mixed.
As of Sunday, 55% of U.S. corn is called good to excellent, up 4% on the week, with 22% silking and 3% at the dough making stage, both just ahead of the respective five-year averages.
51% of soybeans are rated good to excellent, 1% higher, with 39% blooming, compared to 35% on average, and 10% setting pods, compared to the normal rate of 7%.
46% of U.S. winter wheat is harvested, compared to 59% on average, and 40% of the crop is in good to excellent shape, unchanged.
47% of spring wheat is in good to excellent condition, a loss of 1%, and 72% has headed, compared to 67% normally in early to mid-July.
48% of cotton is in good to excellent shape, steady with last week, with 55% squaring and 17% setting bolls, both close to the usual paces.
76% of the U.S. rice crop is seen as good to excellent, an increase of 6%, with 30% headed, compared to 20% on average.
55% of sorghum is reported as good to excellent, unchanged on the week, and 96% is planted, compared to the five-year average of 99%, while 25% has headed and 15% is coloring, matching those averages.
47% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are good to excellent, 2% above a week ago.
The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition numbers run through the end of November.