U.S. Corn Condition Unchanged at 74% Good To Excellent

U.S. Corn Condition Unchanged at 74% Good To Excellent

Soybeans stay at 72% good/excellent; Spring wheat 58% harvested, USDA update says

More: For the latest crop ratings, view the Sept. 15, 2014, USDA crop progress and condition update.

U.S. corn's rating was unchanged from a week ago at 74% good to excellent, but development remained behind with 15% mature versus the 26% average, USDA said in its latest weekly crop ratings released on Monday.

Soybeans were unchanged at 72% good to excellent, while crop development was slightly behind with 12% dropping leaves, compared with the 17% average.

In Iowa, the top corn and soybean producer, corn was 6% mature versus the 27% average, while 3% of the soybeans were dropping leaves versus the 10% average.

USDA did not post national harvest readings for corn or soybeans, but some harvest was underway this week.

USDA did not post national harvest readings for corn or soybeans, but some harvest was underway, with Kansas corn 12% cut, versus the 6% average. In Mississippi, corn was 61% cut and soybeans were 17%.

Spring wheat harvest still behind
Spring wheat harvest at 58% trailed the five-year average of 78%, as late-season rain delayed the start of harvesting.

 In North Dakota, the largest producer, harvest was 42% done versus 70% a year ago and the 74% average. More rain in the state this past week to interrupt harvest, with the northern areas receiving the most.

North Dakota's spring wheat was rated 74% good to excellent, while the overall U.S. crop rated 60% good to excellent, down from last week's 63%.  Wheat in Washington and Idaho continued to have the lowest ratings.

Winter wheat was 3% planted, compared with the 4% average. Kansas, the top wheat producer, was 2% planted, Texas was 3% and Oklahoma 2%.

The Kansas state report said storms brought much needed rain for the wheat, but they delayed the corn harvest. Statewide topsoil moisture improved to 66% adequate to surplus, 25% short and 9% very short, from the previous week's 54%, 32%, and 14%. 

Cotton: 39% bolls open, 49% good to excellent
Bolls were open on 39% of the cotton, compared with 23% a year ago, and the 37% average. The crop was rated 49% good to excellent, down from 50% a week ago and 45% a year ago.

Oats were 86% harvested, compared with 96% a year ago and the 97% average. Sorghum was 40% mature and  26% harvested, versus the respective averages of  33% and 25%. It was 57% good to excellent versus 57% a week ago and 54% a year ago.

 Rice was 26% harvested compared with 23% a year ago and the 36% average. It was rated 74% good to excellent, unchanged from a week ago, and up from 71% a year ago.

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