Dry Conditions in Western Corn Belt Cause Crop Conditions to Decrease

July 11, 2017 12:24 PM

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its weekly crop progress report, and the corn condition across the country has dropped.

In one week, corn condition dropped three points—65 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent.

The biggest drop in the Corn Belt comes from Nebraska where dry conditions are bringing down the quality of the corn seven points to 68 percent rated good to excellent.

As far as progress, 19 percent is at the silking stage, which is 8 percent behind average.

Nationally, 62 percent of the soybean crop is rated good to excellent, down two points from last week. Iowa saw a five-point drop, while Illinois and Nebraska are both down four points.

Wisconsin has had its share of problem areas despite more than half of the state’s corn crop is rated good to excellent.

Farmers in Jefferson, Wisc., 36 miles east of Madison, say the area received too much rain. Showers have not only put them behind with spraying, but also created some prevent plant acres.

“We got corn that should be waist-high that’s only knee-high and some fields are drowned out,” said Gerald Chwala, a farmer from Jefferson, Wisc. “There’s a lot of crops and a lot of ground that didn’t get planted.”

The Chwala’s say to the west of Jefferson towards Madison, the crops look better.

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