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USDA: 75% of corn in good or excellent condition

Staff Writer | August 31, 2016
Corn’s overall condition was unchanged in the latest week at 75% good to excellent as the Illinois crop improved, while those in Indiana and Ohio slipped, USDA said on Monday.
Harvest   Soybeans improved 1 point to 73% good/excellent
Soybeans improved 1 point to 73% good/excellent with improvements noted in Indiana and Michigan against minor slippage in Illinois.

Despite the steady corn rating, weakness in some states had Farm Futures trimming its calculated corn yield a little to 173.7 bpa from last week’s 174. Its calculated average soybean yield was unchanged at about 49.2.

The corn crop is 9% mature vs the 11% average and 60% dented versus the 52% average. Soybeans are at 5% dropping leaves, which matched the average, and at 94% setting pods versus the 92% average.

Illinois soybeans slipped 1 point to 78% good to excellent. The state relayed reports of sudden death syndrome and lodging in some soybean fields

Indiana’s corn rating slipped 1 point to 72% good/excellent and soybeans there went to 75% from 74%. Storms moved through the state last week bringing tornadoes and abundant rain.

“Farmers reported that tornadoes damaged very little but excessive rain and standing water is hurting the crop,” Indiana said. “While locally heavy downpours observed throughout the state contributed to waterlogged fields, dry pockets persisted, primarily in the northeastern corner of Indiana.

In Iowa, the corn rating was unchanged at 83% good/excellent and soybeans stayed at 82%.

“Corn condition rated 83 percent good to excellent despite some reports of crop damage from heavy rain and wind during the week,” the Iowa report said. “Soybean condition rated 82 percent good to excellent, although there were reports of sudden death and white mold in some soybean fields.”

In Nebraska, corn was unchanged at 75% good/excellent, while soybeans improved 1 point to 77%.

“Precipitation of an inch or more was limited to the southern border counties and portions of the extreme east. Much of the state remained dry. The cooler temperatures reduced crop moisture demands,” Nebraska said.

Spring wheat harvest was at 81% complete, compared with 84% a year ago and the 62% average. North Dakota’s spring wheat was 82% harvested versus the 55% average.

“Little to no rain was received during the week, except for portions of east central North Dakota which recorded an inch or more,” North Dakota said.

Nationally, sorghum was 18% harvested and 33% mature versus the 23% and 30% averages. The crop was unchanged at 65% good to excellent.