August 25, 2014
The Crop Progress report released on Monday by the USDA showed the corn crop falling behind average development in the dent stage. Corn condition improved slightly over last week. The soybean crop is nearly done setting pods, but overall condition dropped slightly in the last seven days.
The corn crop is still a little ahead of the development curve at dough stage, with 83% of the overall crop at dough, compared to a 78% five-year average. Corn reaching dent stage has fallen behind average. Thirty-five percent of the overall corn crop has dented, 8 points behind average. Only 2% of the corn in North Dakota has reached dent stage, and a few states are still between 10 and 20%, including: Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Crop condition for corn went up by 1 point in the good category, bringing the overall crop to 73% good/excellent condition. Last year at this time, 59% of the corn crop was in good/excellent condition. Just 7% of the overall crop is in very poor/poor condition as of Monday. There is no corn in very poor condition in Missouri or Tennessee. The best corn is in Missouri, where 83% of the crop is in good/excellent condition, followed closely by Illinois at 82% good/excellent. Kentucky has the most corn in very poor/poor condition at 18%.
Soybean pod set is closing in on completion at 90%. This is 1 point ahead of average. Just a couple states are less than 80% set, including Kansas (78%) and Kentucky (72%) and North Carolina (69%).
Overall soybean condition lost just 1 point in the good/excellent category, bringing the overall crop to 70% good/excellent. Last year at this time, 58% of the crop was in good/excellent condition. Seven percent of the overall soybean crop is in very poor/poor condition. Mississippi and Missouri have no soybeans in very poor condition. Kentucky has the most soybeans in very poor/poor condition at 15%. Missouri has the most soybeans in good/excellent condition at 84%.
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