Corn conditions in the top 18 producing states were slightly improved this week with 53 percent of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition, compared to 52 percent last week and 68 last year. The USDA’s latest Crop Progress update also reported 84 percent of corn dented and more than a quarter of the nation's corn mature.

Crop Conditions

Conditions were one percentage points better than last week’s report but remain well below 2010’s report:

U.S. Crop Condition

Very Poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Current Week

7

13

27

42

11

Last Week

8

13

27

41

11

Last Year

4

8

20

47

21

Nebraska and Wisconsin both had the best corn conditions in the country with 76 percent of corn in each state reported in “good” to “excellent” condition.  North and South Dakota also reported spectacular corn conditions with 68 and 67 percent of corn in these same conditions.

Texas, once again, leads our list of states struggling against a brutal weather pattern. Fires, drought and extreme heat have pushed 68 percent of Texas corn to be rated “very poor” to “poor.” Other states struggling include North Carolina (53 percent), Kansas (47 percent) and Missouri (44 percent).

Progress Update

The September 12 report also showed 84 percent of corn dented, compared to 71 percent last week and 92 percent last week. Twenty-nine percent of the nation’s corn has also reached maturity, compare to 18 percent last year and the five-year average of 33 percent.

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