Each hint of a Canadian cold front in the long-rang forecast brings news concerns of frost damage as the crop inches toward maturity. This week’s Crop Progress report shows 37 percent of the U.S corn crop at maturity as of Sept 27, up from 21 percent a week ago, but well below the year-ago figure of 49 percent and the previous five-year average of 72 percent. In Minnesota, 17 percent is mature, compared with a five-year average of 59percent for the same date. In North Dakota, 6 percent of the crop has reached maturity, contrasting with a five-year average of 55 percent.

Crop condition continues to look good, with 68 percent of the national corn crop rated good or excellent, compared with 68 percent last week and 61 percent one year ago.

For Soybeans, the agency rates 66 percent good or excellent, compared with 67 percent last week and 57 percent one year ago. The soybean crop is more on-schedule than corn, with 63 percent dropping leaves compared with 65 percent a year ago and a five-year average of 77 percent.

For pasture and range, the agency rates 48 percent as good or excellent, compared with 47 percent last week and 41percent at this time last year. As we’ve seen through this growing season, trouble spots for pasture and range conditions are in the west and southwest, with California suffering the worst conditions. Arizona, New Mexico and Texas also report significant percentages of pasture and range in poor condition.

The full report is available online.