The U.S. corn crop is in the ground and generally looking good. The USDA’s Crop Progress report, released June 22, rates 70 percent of the crop in the top 18 corn-producing states as good or excellent. Just 7 percent of the crop across those states falls in the poor or very-poor categories. The national figures generally fall within a few percentage points of the ratings at this time last year. There are, of course, some exceptions. In Texas, 36 percent of the crop is rated poor or very poor, with 29 percent rated good or excellent.

Nationally, pasture and range conditions also fall in line with those reported one year ago, with USDA rating 59 percent good or excellent and 17 percent poor or very poor. Again there are some notable exceptions. In California, 85 percent of pasture and range is rated poor or very poor, and Arizona has 57 percent of its pasture and range in those categories. Poor and very poor ratings account for 44 percent of pasture and range in Texas. The full report is available from USDA.