Condition Ratings, Emergence Numbers Indicate Issues Linger for Grains

June 24, 2019 04:00 PM

Farmers across the country have battled Mother Nature for months, fighting to get corn and soybean crops planted. In this week’s USDA Crop Progress report, the agency noted that 96% of the nation’s corn and 85% of the nation’s soybeans are planted. But as emergence numbers and conditions rating imply, getting the crop planted is just the start of the battle. 

As of June 23, just 89% of the corn and 71% of the country’s soybeans were emerged. While those numbers are up from 79% and 55% last week, they are vastly behind their historical averages of 99% and 91% respectively. Several states are showing critically slow emergence, including Ohio and Michigan. Typically at this time 99% of Ohio’s corn has emerged. According to USDA just 66% of the state’s corn is out of the ground. 

The situation is similar for soybeans, which are just 45% emerged compared to their historical average of 92%. In Michigan the situation is much the same. Corn there should be 98% emerged and it’s 62% emerged. Soybeans should be 93% emerged, but only sit at 48% emerged. 

For the crops that have emerged, weather continues to be a challenge. USDA Monday reported corn conditions are 59% good-to-excellent, consistent with the average trade guess, according to Reuters. However, soybeans are just 54% good-to-excellent, falling 5 percentage points behind the average trade guess for this week. According to Karen Braun of Reuters, this is lowest initial rating for soybeans since 1992, when it was 51% good-to-excellent. 

Mother Nature is challenging wheat farmers too. According to the report, harvest crews did make some progress on winter wheat last week, moving the needle from 8% harvest to 15%. However, this is well behind the five-year-average of 34% harvested. 

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Spell Check

Catawissa, MO
6/25/2019 09:33 AM

  They need to use the crop insurance agents to get data. I've talked to mine twice this year and he knows exactly how I'm doing. The sad thing is he told me I'm better off than most of his clients.

Pekin, IL
6/25/2019 06:47 AM

  The truth of the matter is that this is one of the worst planting seasons I can remember. It covers a very high % of the best farm ground in the country. Emergence has been slow and in all honesty I don't think anyone has a clue as to how bad it is going to be. Almost every where you go you see drowned out spots or whole fields that still have standing water on them. It wil, be a late harvest and the corn will be very wet coming out of the fields. Grain elevators will have a hard time keeping up so long lines will be common this fall.

Rushville, IN
6/25/2019 07:17 AM

  I agree with you Dave , we dont get correct or up to date news ! They tell us what they want to ! We will see report on the 28th ?OODDC6


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