July kicked off with a positive corn condition report for many states in the Corn Belt, according to the USDA’s “Crop Progress” report released on Monday. Sixty-seven percent of the nation’s corn is in good to excellent condition, which is well-above last year’s report of 48 percent.
By this time in 2012, 8 percent of the country’s corn was in excellent condition, compared to 16 percent now.
However, while the news is positive for some, not all state reports were as optimistic.
In Colorado, where drought, dust storms and wildfires have dominated for weeks, 22 percent of the corn is in poor or worse condition. Just 6 percent of the Colorado’s corn is in excellent condition. The latest “Ag in Drought” report showed that 60 percent of corn in Colorado is in extreme or worse drought.
Texas is another state wrestling with drought and declining corn conditions. Currently, 11 percent of Texas corn is in poor to very poor condition, up 2 percentage points from the June 24 report.
Poor conditions aren’t limited to the dry Southwest, however. Other states further east are also experiencing declining corn conditions.
In Iowa, 14 percent of corn is in poor or worse condition, following by Minnesota (10 percent), Wisconsin (10 percent) and Missouri (9 percent).
On the other end of the spectrum, Pennsylvania’s corn was reported the best in the nation, with 87 percent in good or better condition. Corn in Ohio (85 percent) and Kentucky (82 percent) is impressive, as well.
In addition, 3 percent of the corn is silking, primarily in North Carolina (77 percent), Tennessee (35 percent) and Texas (66 percent).
Soybeans tell a similar story – 67 percent of the country’s soybeans are in good or better condition, which is much improved from last year. Most states have reported positive conditions, but some, including Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan and Mississippi, are beginning to show signs of deteriorating crops.