Crop Progress: Ahead of Schedule

July 27, 2010 05:21 PM
Corn seems to be ahead of schedule compared to last year, with 84 percent of the crop silking and 17 percent entering the dough stage. At this time last year, 52 percent was silking with 7 percent corn dough.
States not reporting above 80 percent corn silking include Colorado at 45, North Dakota at 66, Pennsylvania at 74, South Dakota at 47 and Wisconsin at 75.
All states excluding Minnesota have reported corn dough, with North Carolina leading the way with 85 percentage points. Tennessee reports 74 percent dough with Texas also reporting just above 50 percent. Illinois is reporting 41 percent corn dough, jumping 36 points compared to last year.
Corn conditions are relatively unchanged from last week, still showing 72 percent good to excellent.
Soybeans are also reporting higher numbers, with 75 percent blooming and 35 percent setting pods compared to 60 and 19 percent last year. Mississippi is reporting 97 percent blooming and 87 percent setting pods, with Arkansas also reporting more than half of their soybeans setting pods.
The majority of states are reporting 15 percent more soybeans setting pods compared to this time last year. Conditions still sit at 67 percent good to excellent.
Sorghum is beginning to color in many states, with Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas all reporting above 50 percent. Sorghum conditions have fallen four points from last week, now showing 71 percent good to excellent.
Winter wheat is 79 percent harvested, with half of the states reporting 100 percent of the crop harvested.

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