Corn’s condition stayed at 75% good to excellent in the latest week, while soybeans slipped 1 point to 72%, USDA said on Monday.
Farm Futures calculated a 0.28 bpa slippage in its expected average corn yield to 171.5 bpa due to condition declines in some states. Soybean potential slipped an estimated 0.3 bpa to 47.9.
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In Iowa, the corn rating was largely unchanged at 18% excellent , 61% good, 17% fair, 3% poor and 1% very poor, however the state report said rain is needed.
“South central and southeast Iowa reported the lowest topsoil moisture levels with approximately two-thirds of topsoil moisture rated very short or short,” the state said. “Heat and lack of moisture stressed some crops causing corn leaves to curl.”
Corn silking was just beginning in Iowa, while it was at 4% in Illinois and 5% in Indiana.
“Rain provided relief for corn that was experiencing leaf rolling. However, in some areas, strong winds knocked down trees, power lines and grain bins,” the Indiana report said. Indiana corn was rated 73% good to excellent and soybeans at 74%.
Winter wheat improved 1 point to 62% good to excellent and the crop was 45% harvested, compared with 33% a year ago and the 41% average.
In Kansas, where 58% of the state’s wheat was cut, “rainfall amounts of one inch or more were reported in the southern and central counties, with lesser amounts in the northeast and northwest. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork.”
Spring wheat slipped 4 points to 72% good to excellent, with North Dakota’s crop also down 4 points at 78% good to excellent.
“The extreme northwestern part of the state received an inch of rain, when combined with moisture from recent weeks, causing some flooding and crop disease issues,” North Dakota said. “Crops in the south central and southwestern parts of the state have received very little moisture this growing season and were stressed.”
Nationally, sorghum was 26% headed, compared with 20% last year and the 22% average. The crop stayed at 70% good to excellent, but excellent improved 1% to 9% and good slipped to 61%.
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