The nation’s corn crop is showing signs of life as some states begin to dry out from soggy conditions that have persisted across much of the Corn Belt.
Corn still lags behind 2014 levels
According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report released Monday afternoon, 70 percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent condition, compared to 69 percent last week but still 5 percent behind last year’s 75-percent mark.
Indiana’s corn crop is in the worst condition of the 18 major corn producing states, with 25 percent considered poor to very poor quality – slightly less than last week when 26 percent of the crop was reported to be in poor or very poor condition.
The cool and wet spring delayed planting, giving Indiana farmers a short window to get the crop in the ground, the USDA reported of the state's woes.
Other states showing a high percentage of corn in poor or worse condition included North Carolina (24 percent), Ohio (20 percent) and Missouri (18 percent).
The outlook was much brighter in states like Minnesota, with 87 percent of its crop rated in good or better condition, followed closely by Iowa (83 percent), Kentucky (83 percent) and North Dakota (80 percent).
Corn silking is 1 percentage point ahead of the five-year average at 78 percent, according to the USDA report.
Soybean conditions remain unchanged
The USDA showed soybean conditions remained unchanged across the major producing states. Sixty-two percent of the country’s soybeans are in good or excellent condition, compared to the same percentage last week but well below the 71 percent recorded at this time last year.
Indiana’s soybeans are faring as poorly as its corn. About 27 percent of the Hoosier State’s soybeans are in poor or worse condition.
Other states having their fair share of quality concerns included Ohio (24 percent), Missouri (22 percent) and Illinois (19 percent).
About 71 percent of the country’s soybeans were in the blooming stage, trailing last year by 3 percent but only 1 percent behind the five-year average.