Corn Conditions Slip a Bit, But…
According to the USDA’s Crop Progress report, corn planting has wrapped up for the season, and nearly all – 97 percent – of corn has emerged.
Now attention shifts to corn conditions. The USDA reports 73 percent of the nation’s corn is in good or better condition as of June 14, compared to 74 percent last week and 76 percent last year.
Of the top 18 corn-producing states, the wettest states are also those reporting the highest percentages of corn in poor or worse condition.
In Missouri, 15 percent of corn is in these conditions. Over the last week, the northwest corner of the state in particular received as much as three inches of rain. Thirty-seven percent of corn in this portion of the state was reported in poor and very poor condition. Click here to read the state’s latest update.
The USDA also reported a high percentage of corn in poor and very poor condition in neighboring Kansas. Weather conditions over the last week were similar to those of Missouri, with rainfall totals ranging from 0.25 inch in the northwestern corner to as much as six inches in south central Kansas. Fourteen percent of Kansas corn is in poor or worse condition.
With these exceptions, the vast majority of corn in the top 18 corn-producing states is faring at- or above-normal.
Soybeans: Planting behind average
Soybean planting surged ahead from last week, advancing to 87 percent complete compared to 79 percent last week and the five-year average of 90 percent. As seen with corn, the wettest states are – unsurprisingly – also the furthest behind. Missouri and Kansas are 43 percentage points and 28 percentage points behind their pace from 2014, respectively.
Seventy-five percent of soybeans have now emerged.
Soybean conditions are not doing as well as corn but are holding their own. As of June 14, 67 percent of soybeans are good or better condition, compared to 69 percent last week and 73 percent last year.
Five states in particular are reporting high percentages of soybeans in poor and very poor condition – Arkansas (12 percent), Kansas (12 percent), Louisiana (15 percent, Mississippi (10 percent) and Missouri (15 percent).