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Corn and soybean conditions slide

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Both corn and soybean maturity continues to beat the average

The USDA crop progress report shows soybean conditions (good/excellent) fell two points from last week, from 71% to 69%.

So far, here are the good/excellent conditions in the top five soybean producing states: Illinois (73%), Iowa (75%), Minnesota (75%), Nebraska (83%), North Dakota (82%).  The only state to fall in this group was Iowa, which dropped one point.

Corn condition

Corn conditions also declined from last week, losing 3 points, now at 72% in good/excellent condition.

Here are the good/excellent conditions in the top five corn producing states: Iowa (78%), Illinois (80%), Nebraska (86%), Minnesota (79%), Kansas (48%). Conditions fell in Illinois (by a point), Minnesota (by two) and Kansas (by four points).

Corn silking

Corn silking is way ahead of the average. This week’s report shows 63% in the silking stage. The four-year average for this week is 37%

Illinois is leading the Midwest with 93% and Michigan is struggling with 26%. However, even Michigan is ahead in maturity compared to the four-year average of 15%.

Soybeans blooming

According to the USDA, 65% of the soybeans are blooming, a whopping 20% above the average of 45%.

The three I-states are way above the average: Iowa (65%, up 20); Illinois (79%, up 31) and Indiana (70%, up 24). Most other states are up at least 10%, with Michigan and South Dakota closer to the four-year average.


Soybeans setting pods

The number of soybeans setting pods is over two times the average at this point in the growing season. The crop progress report shows 26% of the soybean crop setting pods, that’s above the 11% four-year average.

In the Midwest, the two states racing ahead of the pack are Illinois (44%) and Indiana (37%).

The six states that are below this week’s average include: Michigan (9%); Wisconsin (13%); Minnesota (15%); and Nebraska (16%) and Missouri (19%).

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