Corn conditions dipped slightly this week, showing the effects of drought growing along the Gulf Coast and Mid-Atlantic states.

According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, 10 percent of corn in the United States is in poor or worse condition, compared to 9 percent last week and 8 percent last year. The state reporting the best corn conditions is Minnesota where 88 percent of corn is seen in good or excellent condition.

On the other end of the spectrum, North Carolina reported the worst corn conditions in the nation. More than one-quarter (27 percent) of the state’s corn is growing in poor or very poor condition. The reason: drought. Eight percent of corn in the state is growing in drought conditions. 

“Corn and soybeans planted early are okay. Those that planted a little later are suffering. Poor pollination in corn and soybeans small,” Donna Teasley with the Burke County (N.C.) Extension reported.

The USDA also reported corn progressing on par with last year’s pace but behind the five-year average. Currently 21 percent of corn is denting, compared to 20 percent and the five-year average of 28 percent.

Soybeans: Conditions stable
The USDA left soybean conditions unchanged this week with 63 percent in good or better condition, compared to 71 percent last year.

Indiana and Missouri both reported 23 percent of soybeans in poor or very poor condition, the highest reported of the top 18 soybean-producing states.

While dented corn is slightly behind average, soybeans are on track with both last year’s progress and the five-year average. Currently 79 percent of soybeans are setting pods, compared to 81 percent last year and the five-year average of 79 percent.

Click here for the full Crop Progress report.