Crop-stressing heat took a toll on the national crop condition with the percentage of corn in good or excellent condition dropping a few points by the end of the week.

The national average of corn cited in excellent condition was 13 percent, down 2 percentage points from the previous week, but 3 points higher for than the previous year. Pennsylvania led all states with 25 percent of its corn crop in excellent condition, followed by South Dakota and Iowa with 20 percent and 18 percent respectively.

The USDA’s Crop Progress report reveals most of the country’s corn is in good condition, but the total percentage fell 3 points to 59 percent last week. North Dakota had the highest percentage of corn in good condition (78%), followed by Nebraska (72%), and Minnesota (67%).

A week of high heat and light rain has turned most of the Midwest region dry. U.S. weather forecasters expect a majority of the region to receive rain this week, helping corn conditions advance. Precipitation is needed to overcome poor conditions early in the season and achieve record yield predictions by the USDA.

Tennessee corn reached 100 percent emergence this week, the first state to do so. The national average is 92 percent emerged, 16 points higher than the pervious week. Several other states are near complete. Early planting allowed the national average of corn emerged to be 33 percentage points ahead of last year and 23 points ahead of the average from 2007-2011.

Soybean planting almost double rate of previous year
Soybeans planted continues to progress with the national average increasing by 13 points to 89 percent complete. Soybeans planted in Iowa is 97 percent complete, followed by Mississippi and Missouri who are each 96 percent complete. The national average of soybeans planted is 28 percentage points above the 2007-2011 average and 41 points above the planted rate last year.

The Crop Progress report shows 61 percent of this year’s soybean crop is emerged, up 39 points from the previous year and 26 points higher than the previous week.