Corn and soybeans survived last week’s hot weather without noticeable harm and USDA kept condition ratings unchanged with corn at 76% good to excellent and soybeans at 71%, USDA said on Monday.
Farm Futures calculated the ratings indicated a .1 bpa improvement in overall corn yield to 175.8 bpa, with improvements in Kentucky, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota. Minor yield slippage was calculated for a number of states including Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota.
Soybeans had potential yield improvement in seven states including Iowa and Illinois, and minor slippage in 10 states including North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Ohio.
Corn was 79% silking nationally, up from the 70% average. In the key states, Iowa was at 87%, Illinois 90% and Nebraska at 82%.
In Iowa, the corn rating improved 1 point to 82% good/excellent and its soybeans gained 1 to 81%.
“Recent heat and humidity helped speed crop development although frequent rains allowed Iowa farmers only four days suitable for fieldwork,” the Iowa report said. “Thunderstorms brought rain to the south one-half of the state from Sunday (17th) night into Monday morning with very heavy rains in parts of southwest Iowa.“
More rain fell in Iowa throughout the week, with statewide average precipitation at 2.09 inches, more than double the normal of about an inch.
Rain aided Illinois crops with corn rated 82% good/excellent, up 2 points, and soybeans at 77% up 1.
Winter wheat was 83% harvested, compared with 82% a year ago and the 79% average. The harvest has moved north where Nebraska was 92% done, South Dakota at 82% and Montana at 20%
Spring wheat’s condition slipped 1 point to 68% good to excellent, with North Dakota’s crop slipping 2 points to 71% good/ excellent.
“Moisture fell across much of the state with an inch or more,” North Dakota said. “Hail in the west and south-central parts of the state caused some damage to crops.”
Nationally, sorghum coloring was at 23% versus 22% a year ago and the 26% average. The crop slipped 3 points to 65% good to excellent.
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