According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, corn conditions improved by 1 percentage point over the last week.
Nationally, 76% of corn is in good or better condition, compared to 75% last week and 69% last year. The best corn in the country is seen in Colorado (84%), Minnesota (81%), Nebraska (80%), and Wisconsin (86%).
Wisconsin in particular reported rain in varying quantities across the state, leaving just scattered pockets of limited soil moisture. Few corn acres in the state are showing stress, leaving a high percentage of corn in these satisfactory conditions.
Looking at crop development, 32% of corn in the country is now silking, compared to 23% last year and the five-year average of 26%.
As seen with corn, soybean progress is well ahead of last year’s pace. Forty percent of soybeans have bloomed – 7 percentage points ahead of 2015. Seven percent of soybeans have set pods, a similar pace to last year’s 5%.
Soybean conditions also improved this week. Seventy-one percent of soybeans are in good or better condition. This is one percentage point above last week’s report and 9% ahead of the report from 2015.
Wisconsin is also leading the country in soybean conditions with 85% in good or excellent condition. No other states are reporting more than 80% of soybeans in these conditions.