This week’s Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service shows corn and soybean crops continue to develop on pace with last year, although progress remains well below the previous five-year average.

Widespread showers and below-normal temperatures over the past week provided nearly ideal conditions for Midwestern corn and soybean development, according to the report.

Nationally, 55 percent of the corn crop reached silking stage and 7 percent reached dough stage last week. Both of those numbers match the percentages from one year earlier. “We continue to see the results of planting delays though, as we compare the current figures with a five-year average for the same date of 76 percent silking and 17 percent dough,” according to the report.

Soybeans, at 63 percent flowering and 20 percent setting pods, are slightly ahead of last year in the top 18 soybean states, but also behind the five-year average.

Overall, crop conditions continue to show promise of some big harvests this fall. Across the top 18 corn-producing states, 71 percent of the crop rates good or excellent as of July 26. That compares with 66 percent in the top two categories one year earlier. Just 8 percent of the crop rates poor or very poor across the top 18 states. In contrast, Texas reports 40 percent of its corn crop in those categories.

Read the full report.

Source: USDA