According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, 71 percent of corn is in very good or excellent condition, compared to 73 percent last week and 74 percent last year. The best corn in the country is also located in those areas that largely escaped the drenching rains associated with Tropical Storm Bill. Iowa, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin each have at least 83 percent of corn in these exceptional conditions.
Not all areas were as lucky, however. Missouri tops the chart for another as holding the worst corn in the nation. Currently 16 percent of corn in the state is in poor or worse condition. Other states struggling against Mother Nature include Indiana (too wet) and North Carolina (too dry).
The USDA will begin reporting an update on corn silking next week.
Soybeans: Falling further behind average
The USDA also reported soybean planting at 90 percent, putting it 5 percentage points behind both last year’s pace and the five-year average. Planting is especially behind in Kansas (73 percent) and Missouri (51 percent). These states are 18 percentage points and 37 percentage points behind their individual state’s five-year average respectively.
Eighty-four percent of soybeans have now emerged, compared to the five-year average of 87 percent and last year’s pace of 89 percent.
Soybean conditions also slipped this week. The report showed 65 percent of soybeans in very good or better condition. This is 2 percentage points behind last week’s report and 7 percent points below the five-year average.