Between drought and flooding, 11 percent of the nation’s corn is in poor or worse condition, according to the USDA’s latest "Crop Progress" report, up from 9 percent last week. Soybean conditions, however, remain unchanged.
Corn in Kansas and Colorado continue to struggle the most in the report, with 30 percent and 25 percent of corn in poor to very poor condition, respectively.
Drought in Kansas caused corn conditions in poor or worse conditions to jump by 8 percentage points this week, the largest increase reported. Seventy-nine percent of corn in the state is in drought, and with little moisture in the forecast, it’s unlikely that relief will be felt soon.
Other states are fighting an entirely different problem – too much rain. In Iowa, where 14 percent of corn is in poor to very poor condition, the issue has been an overflow of moisture. Over the past 60 days, Iowa has seen between 90 and 150 percent of its normal rainfall.
Corn is still progressing, despite differing weather woes. Forty-three percent of the corn has silked, more than double last week’s report. However, this is still behind the five-year average of 56 percent.
Overall, soybeans appear to be faring better than corn. Eight percent is in poor or worse condition, unchanged from last week. Drought is playing the biggest role in soybean conditions in Kansas and Nebraska.
Forty-six percent of soybeans are blooming and 8 percent are setting pods, each 13 and 11 percentage points below the five-year average.