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Crop Condition Continues to Decline

Crop Condition Continues to Decline

Winter wheat harvest nearly complete, spring wheat still lagging.

USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says the U.S. corn crop is maturing fairly quickly, just slightly behind the five-year average for progress.

"Now more than half of the U.S. corn is dented that compares to the five-year average of 54%," Rippey said. "Last year's quick maturing crop was at 70%. Crop now mature is now 9%, the five-year average 11% and last year 17%."

But Rippey says the condition of the corn crop continues to drop off, with a fairly sharp decline this past week.

"The crop now rated just 54% good to excellent  and 19% very poor to poor," Rippey said. "A week ago those numbers were 57% and 17% respectively. A year ago more than two-thirds of the crop, 70%, was rated good to excellent in late August and just 10% rated very poor to poor."

Rippey says the soybean crop is starting to drop leaves in some areas, mainly across the South.

"About 2% nationally compared to the five-year average of 6% and last year's 7%," Rippey said. "Nearly half of the leaves have dropped in the Southern states of Louisiana and Mississippi, both at 47%, and we are just starting to see some leaf drop into parts of the Southern Corn Belt as well."

Fifty-seven percent of the U.S. soybean crop is now rated good to excellent ,15% rated very poor to poor. That's a decline from last week, when 59% was rated good to excellent and 14% was rated very poor to poor. Last year at this time Rippey says 64% of the crop was rated good to excellent and 12% very poor to poor.

Nationally, winter wheat harvest is nearly complete at 97%. That's behind the five-year average of 99%. Rippey says the lag is still in the Northwest, and while the spring wheat harvest is still delayed it is moving along and has reached the halfway mark.
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