The USDA corn conditions were estimated 72% in “Good” or “Excellent” condition, a 1% decrease from last week, but an 11% increase from last year. 20% was considered “Fair”, unchanged from last week, while only 8% was considered “Poor” or “Very Poor.” Of the Corn Belt states, Illinois had the most corn rated “Excellent” at 29%, followed by Iowa and Indiana with 24% and 21% respectively. Corn doughing was reported at 70%, a 16% increase from last week and 7% ahead of the five-year average. Corn dented was reported at 22%, an 11% increase from the previous week, but 5% behind the five-year average. Of the five largest corn producing states, Illinois reported the most dented corn at 34%, while Minnesota reported the least at 6%.
Soybean conditions were reported with 71% of the crop in “Good” or “Excellent” condition, a 1% increase from last week, and a 9% increase from last year. 23% was reported in “Fair” condition, unchanged from the previous week, while only 6% was reported as “Poor” or “Very Poor.” Of the five largest soybean producing states, Illinois and Iowa had the most crop rated “Excellent,” at 23% and 22% respectively. Soybeans blooming were reported at 95% this week, up 3% from last week, and even with the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods were reported at 83%, an 11% increase from last week and 4% ahead of the five-year average. Of the five largest soybean producing states, Nebraska had the most soybeans setting pods at 87%, Indiana had the least at 77%.