Seventy-five percent of the nation’s corn crop is in good or excellent condition according to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, compared to 74% last week and 69% in 2015.
As the USDA has reported for the majority of the year, the best corn in the country remains in Minnesota and Wisconsin where 86% and 88% of corn is in good or better condition, respectively. The worst corn conditions in the country are located in Ohio, which is reporting 21% of corn in poor or very poor condition.
Corn is progressing slightly ahead of schedule. Nationally, 40% of corn has dented, compared to 34% last year and the five-year average of 35%. The USDA does not plan on reporting national corn harvest as of yet, though two states – Texas and North Carolina – are reporting progress through their regional NASS offices.
Soybean conditions were stable this week with 72% in good or better condition, unchanged from last week and 9 percentage points above last year’s pace. Many of the states showing the best and worst corn conditions in the country are also reporting similar figures with their soybean conditions.
Wisconsin also had the best soybeans in the country, with 87% in good or better condition, while Ohio is at the bottom with 13% in poor or worse condition.
Soybeans are progressing slightly ahead of last year’s pace with 89% setting pods, compared to 85% last year.