USDA's Crop Progress Report released on Monday paints a picture of healthy and abundant corn and soybean crops. Their developmental pace is a head of normal, the agency reports.

The U.S. corn crop was 95 percent emerged by June 6, 7 percentage points ahead of last year and 5 points ahead of normal. By the end of June, 9 percent of the crop had reached the silking stage, 5 points ahead of last year and the 5-year average. Silking was most advanced in North Carolina and Tennessee, where 79 percent and 71 percent of the crop had reached this stage, respectively. In the northern Corn Belt and adjacent areas of the Great Plains, silking had not begun by late June.

The soybean crop continued to progress ahead of the normal planting and emergence pace. By June 20, 95 percent of the crop was planted, 2 points ahead of last year and 1 point ahead of the 5-year average. Planting was complete, ahead of the normal pace, in Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska and North Dakota. However, planting lagged well behind normal in Michigan and Wisconsin due to rainy conditions. By month's end, 95 percent of the crop had emerged, compared with 91 percent last year and 94 percent for the average. Blooming had begun in most States by June 27 and was 7 percent complete, 5 points ahead of last year and 1 point ahead of normal.

Source: USDA/ NASS,