Recent rainfall in South Dakota is giving crops a major boost this week. The Crop Progress report issued by USDA-NASS Monday afternoon shows corn and soybean crops in the state had eight point gains. Both crops are now rated 42% good to excellent.
But, gains discovered in South Dakota were lost in Illinois. The USDA report shows corn condition in Illinois dove eight points from last week, 54% is now called Good-to-excellent. Illinois' soybean crop also declined. This week, 60% is good to excellent, down three points.
Overall, the national soybean rating gained a point to 60% good-excellent. Corn is collectively unchanged at 62% good-excellent. It gained a point in the "excellent" category.
Additionally, 29% of corn reached the dent stage, six points behind the five year average and 87% of soybeans are setting pods, two points ahead of the five year average.
The nation's cotton crop improved in the latest report, 63% is rated good to excellent, up two points collectively in the combined categories.