USDA reports the national corn condition rating improved slightly over the past week and in the first rating of the season, soybeans are in better shape than they were last year at this time.
As of Sunday, 54% of the U.S. corn crop is in good to excellent condition, 1% more than both a week ago and a year ago. 92% of corn has emerged, compared to 100% last year and the five year average of 97%.
85% of soybeans are planted, compared to 71% a week ago, 98% a year ago and 91% on average, with 66% emerged, compared to 94% last year and 80% on average. In the first rating for this year’s crop, 64% of soybeans are called good to excellent, compared to 56% a year ago.
89% of the winter wheat crop has headed, compared to 94% last year and 91% on average, with 11% harvested, compared to 51% a year ago and 25% on average. 31% of winter wheat is rated good to excellent, unchanged on the week, with 1% moving from good up to excellent.
92% of spring wheat is planted, compared to 100% last year and 97% on average, with 84% emerged, compared to 100% a year ago and 94% on average. 68% of spring wheat is called good to excellent, a week to week improvement of 6%.
52% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, 3% more than last week.