The overall crop condition of both corn and soybeans has fallen again.
The weekly crop progress report shows the amount of corn rated in good condition across the country fell 3% from last week and soybeans fell 2%. The report showed 52% of the corn in good condition, 13% in excellent and 25% in fair condition. Last year at this time, 58% of the corn crop was good, 18% excellent and 19% in fair condition.
As far as soybeans go, 52% are rated good, 10% in excellent and 27% in fair condition. Last year at this time, 57% of soybeans were good, 14% excellent and 23% in fair condition.
The amount of corn in the silking stage is behind where it was last year and the four-year average. The report states 19% of the crop is silking. That’s down from the 27% average or the 30% from 2016.
North Carolina and Tennessee lead the way with 87% and 81%. Meanwhile, Texas reports 65%, Kentucky 59% and Missouri 51%. In Kansas, 36% is silking and Illinois farmers report 33%.
About one-third of the soybeans planted are blooming this week. That’s up 2% from the four year average of 32%.
In the Midwest, Nebraska is leading with 51% blooming and Iowa reports 33%. Illinois and Indiana both report 31%; Kansas with 27%; Minnesota and Ohio with 25%; and Wisconsin with 22%.
In some states, soybeans have begun setting pods. The report shows 7% is setting pods, up 2% from the four year average of 5%.