USDA reports this year’s U.S. corn crop continues to develop faster than normal following widespread drought in some key growing areas.
As of Sunday, 95% of corn is at the dough making stage, compared to 83% a year ago and the five year average of 81%, and 76% is denting, compared to 47% last year and 46% on average. 26% of the crop has reached maturity, well above the 7% at this time a year ago and much faster than the five year average of 8%. 6% of corn is harvested, compared to 2% both last year and on average. 22% of corn is in good to excellent condition, down 1% on the week, and 52% is rated poor to very poor, up 1%.
96% of soybeans are at the pod setting stage, compared to 90% a year ago and 91% on average, while 8% are dropping leaves, compared to 2% last year and 4% on average. 30% of soybeans are called good to excellent, 1% below last week, and 38% are poor to very poor, a 1% week to week increase.
89% of the spring wheat crop is harvested, compared to 44% a year ago and 57% on average.
18% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are rated good to excellent, 1% more than last week.