64% of U.S. corn, 62% of soybeans rated good to excellent

The USDA’s good to excellent rating on corn held steady last week, while the soybean rating moved lower. Last week was another mixed week of weather across the Midwest and Plains and that’s going to continue to be a focus of farmers as corn and beans move into and through key development phases.

The USDA says 64% of U.S. corn is rated good to excellent, steady from a week ago, with 15% of the crop silking, compared to the five-year average of 25%, and 2% at the dough making stage, compared to 3% on average.

62% of U.S. soybeans are called good to excellent, down 1%, with 32% blooming, compared to 38% normally this time of year, and 6% at the pod setting stage, compared to 9% on average.

63% of U.S. winter wheat is harvested, compared to the usual rate of 61%.

70% of spring wheat is in good to excellent shape, a week-to-week improvement of 4%, with 44% of the crop headed, compared to 77% on average.

39% of cotton is in good to excellent condition, 3% above a week ago, with 57% of the crop squaring, compared to 58% on average, and 22% setting bolls, compared to 18% on average.

77% of the rice crop is reported as good to excellent, up 1%, with 21% headed, compared to the five-year average of 22%.

28% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are good to excellent, 3% less than last week.

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