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Is All this Rain Making Grain?

June 10, 2014
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

Corn planting is complete and 92% of the U.S. crop has emerged, according to USDA’s June 8 Crop Progress and Condition Ratings. Overall, the crop is looking healthy, with 60% rated in good condition and 15% excellent.

Corn Condition Ratings

For soybeans, 87% of this year’s crop is in the ground, which is 6 percentage points above the five-year average. Emergence is also ahead of schedule, with 71% emerged. In the first round of condition ratings, the soybean crop is also in good shape, with 62% rated good and 12% rated excellent.

Soybean Condition Ratings

Spring wheat planting is nearing the end, with 95% planted. Eighty percent of the crop has emerged. This year’s crop is in better shaped compared to a year ago. As of June 8, 62% is rated good and 9% rated excellent. In 2013, only 62% of the crop fit this classification.

Spring Wheat Condition Ratings

Watch AgDay’s Crop Watch to learn more about how this year’s crops are shaping up:


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Many areas of the U.S. are receiving much-needed rain. Rain in the southern Corn Belt is boosting soil moisture for summer crops, USDA’s agricultural weather highlights. On the Plains, rain lingers in a few areas, mainly across eastern Kansas. This rainfall event, combined with late-May storminess, has revived rangeland and pastures across the central and southern Plains, as well as improved prospects for summer crops.

In the West, dry weather favors fieldwork and crop development. Hot weather is maintaining heavy irrigation demands from California into the Desert Southwest. Meanwhile, slightly cooler air is overspreading the Northwest, although moisture is still needed for immature winter wheat and rain-fed summer crops.

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