The USDA’s national corn and soybean condition ratings rose over the past week. That followed another week of generally beneficial conditions in much of the Midwest ahead of what could be a warmer, drier pattern to end August and start September.
As of Sunday, 59% of U.S. corn is called good to excellent, up 2% on the week, with 96% of the crop silking, 65% at the dough making stage, and 18% dented, all steady with or slightly ahead of the respective five-year averages.
59% of soybeans are in good to excellent shape, a jump of 5%, with 94% of the crop blooming and 78% the pod setting stage, both faster than average.
92% of winter wheat is harvested, matching its usual pace.
42% of spring wheat is rated good to excellent, 1% higher, with 24% harvested, compared to 28% on average.
36% of cotton is in good to excellent condition, a drop of 5%, with 96% squaring, 72% setting bolls, and 13% of bolls opened, all slower than normal.
67% of the rice crop is reported as good to excellent, 4% under last week, with 87% of the crop headed and 14% harvested, both ahead of schedule.
54% of sorghum is good to excellent, down 4%, with 71% headed and 30% coloring, behind their five-year averages.
40% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, 2% lower than a week ago.
The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports run through the end of November.