Minor Changes in Crop Conditions

August 10, 2010 02:14 AM

Nationally, crop conditions changed only a percentage point here or there this week versus last week.

On the maturity front, winter wheat harvest is somewhat behind average, at 87% versus 93%;spring wheat is 20% harvested versus 28% on average for this time of year.


Corn and soybeans are slightly ahead of average, with 97% of corn silking (versus 94%); 52% in the dough stage (40% average); 14% dented (11% average) and soybeans 93% blooming (90% average) and 71% setting pods (67% average).

Grain sorghum maturity is about average, with only heading ahead of average, at 72% versus 67%.

USDA reports cotton setting bolls at 84%, well ahead of the 74% average for this time of year. Bolls opening, at 9%, are average, however.

Pasture and range conditions have changed little on a national basis, but Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia have poor + very poor ratings on 50% to 70% of their acres. No or nearly no acres are rated excellent in those states, where hay is relatively high priced normally.


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