With 72% of corn rated good or excellent this week compared with 73% last week and 71% a year ago, we are in the critical weather period. Sixty-five percent of corn already is silking versus a five-year average of 47%.
Soybean condition, at 67% good or excellent, improved by two percentage points from last week and now matches last year’s rank at this time. Sixty percent are blooming and 18% setting pods, compared with averages of 56% and 15% respectively.
Cotton condition improved a few percentage points since last week, to 68% good and excellent versus only 45% last year. Progress is way ahead of average, with 86% squaring and 41% setting bolls versus 78% and 34% averages.
Likewise, sorghum, at 75% good and excellent is two percentage points better than last week and far better than last year’s 54%. Only Arkansas has more than 10% in the poor and very poor categories. Coloring is just below average.
With 37% headed, rice is ranked 75% good or excellent, up from 73% last week and 61% last year.
No matter what they planted farmers in North Carolina have the most ranked very poor or poor: Corn, 37%; soybeans, 22%; and cotton, 23%.
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USDA Crop Progress Reports