Majority of U.S. Corn and Soybeans Good or Excellent

August 3, 2009 07:00 PM
Sara Schafer, AgWeb Crops Online Editor
USDA released their weekly crop progress and condition reports yesterday. Here are some of the corn and soybean highlights.
Nearly 76 percentage points of corn has reached the silking stage, which is down from the 89 percentage point five-year average.
  • North Carolina is winning the silking race, by being the only state to have reach 100% silking.
  • North Dakota is the furthest behind, at only 29 percentage points at the silked mark, this is way down from their five-year average at 77 percentage points.
Some states have moved into the dough stage. The five-year average says almost 30 percentage points should be at dough, but this year only 14 percentage points have reached that point.
As far as crop condition, 68 percentage points of the corn crop are at good or excellent ratings, which is on track with the previous week and previous year.
  • Texas currently has the poorest corn conditions, with 27 percentage points with a very poor rating.
  • On the high end, Kentucky has the highest-ranking corn, with 40 percentage points ranked at excellent.
Soybeans are progressing on the national level at a pretty consistent rate with previous years. Currently, 76 percentage points of U.S. soybeans are blooming, which is exactly where soybeans were at in 2008, yet down 10 percentage points from the five-year average.
A few states have more than half of their soybeans setting pods. Overall, 36 percentage points of soybeans have set pods, which is down from the 54 percentage points five-year average.
  • Mississippi has the most soybeans with set pods, at 89 percentage points.
  • Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina all have less than 20 percentage points of soybeans setting pods.
For soybean crop condition, more than half of U.S. soybeans are at the good rating. Here's a rundown of where U.S. soybeans are currently rating:
Rating Percentage Points
Very Poor 2
Poor 6
Fair 25
Good 52
Excellent 15
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USDA progress and condition ratings:

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