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USDA crop progress report: Corn slips to 73% good/excellent

USDA crop progress report: Corn slips to 73% good/excellent

Soybeans 87% planted, 67% good/excellent; winter wheat 43% g/e in USDA weekly crop progress and condition report

Corn and soybean condition ratings slipped slightly this past week amid abundant rain that soaked fields.

Winter wheat's condition was unchanged at 43% good to excellent the harvest was 11%, which trailed last year's 15% and the average of 20%.

Corn was rated 73% good to excellent, down a point from a week ago, and soybeans slipped 2 points to 67% good to excellent, the USDA weekly crop progress report showed on Monday.

Corn emergence was 97%, compared with 96% last year and the 95% average. In top corn producer Iowa, 98% of the corn was emerged and improved to 84% good to excellent from 82% a week ago. Illinois corn slipped to 76% good to excellent from 78% and Indiana eased to 73% from 75%.

This Indiana corn field is off and running at the mid-June mark.

Soybean planting advanced to 87%, compared with 91% a year ago and the 90% average, and the 75% that was emerged was rated 67% good to excellent. The emergence was behind last year's 81% and the 77% average.

The Iowa state report said wet conditions late in the week halted fieldwork, with the heaviest amounts ranging from 4.75 to about 6 inches in the southwest and east central areas.

 The Texas wheat harvest was at 47%, compared with 39% a year ago and the 46% average, while Oklahoma was 38% versus 44% a year ago and the 57% average. Kansas was 25% done, even with 2014, but behind the 18% average.

"Wheat and oat harvest continued in areas that were not complete throughout the state. Producers were anxious to finish harvest as continuing storms damaged standing crops," the Texas report said.

That crop was rated 48% good to excellent, down from 50% a week ago. Kansas wheat remained at 30% good to excellent.

Spring wheat improved to 70% good to excellent from 69%r. North Dakota came in at 78%.

Sorghum was 71% planted, compared with 74% a year ago and the 80% average. It was rated 67% good to excellent.

Cotton squaring was 13% versus the 16% average. It was rated 55% good/excellent, up from last week's 50%

Topsoil moisture was largely adequate to surplus from North Dakota to Texas and throughout the Midwest.

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