U.S. corn remained at 76% good to excellent, while soybean's improved one point to 73% in USDA's weekly crop progress and condition report on Monday.
Rain slowed in much of the Midwest, particularly in Iowa. The top corn and soybean producer reported 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork, surpassing the previous high for the season of 5.3 near the end of May. That state's corn improved to 77% good to excellent and soybeans improved to 74%.
Chicago corn and soybean futures resumed their down trends on Monday, with corn near a four-year low and soybeans hovering near 2-1/2-year lows as the majority of the crops are doing well and forecasts through early August are favorable for corn pollination and crop development..
USDA weekly crop progress data showed corn silking advanced to 56%, slightly better than the 55% average. Iowa was at 59%, Illinois at 82%, and Nebraska at 62%. All of those were ahead of the averages.
For soybeans, blooming was at 60% and ahead of the 56% average. In Iowa, 67% were blooming versus the 64% average and Illinois was at 69% versus the 55% average. Pods were set on 19% of the crop versus the 17% average. Iowa was at 19%, Illinois at 24% and Indiana at 32%, all ahead of the averages.
Winter wheat harvest at 75%
Winter wheat harvest advanced to 75% from the previous week's 69% and matched the 75% average. Harvest was 95% done in Kansas, the largest wheat state and mostly hard red winter, versus the100% average. Texas was at 100%, versus the 99% average, and Oklahoma was at 98%, versus the 99% average. Nebraska wheat was 54% cut against the 61% average.
The soft red winter harvest advanced with Illinois at 95% versus the 97% average, Indiana at 92% versus 97% average, and Arkansas at 100% versus 100%.
Spring wheat was 84% headed, versus the 85% average. North Dakota, the top producer, was 79% to trail the 83% average. The overall crop was unchanged at 70% good to excellent. North Dakota's crop was unchanged at 82% good to excellent.
Cotton bolls set at 38%, crop 52% good to excellent
Bolls were set on 38% of the cotton and 85% had squared versus the 37% and 82% averages. The crop was 52% good to excellent, down 1 point from a week ago.
Oats were 34% harvested, compared with the 24% average, and were unchanged at 64% good to excellent. Sorghum coloring was at 26% and heading at 42% versus the 25% and 34% averages. It was 62% good to excellent.
Rice was 32% headed, versus the 33% average and slipped 1 point to 69% good to excellent.