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65% of U.S. soybeans, 61% of corn rated good to excellent

The USDA says national condition ratings for corn and soybeans declined slightly over the past week as both crops continue to face the lingering effects of a hot, dry month of August in some key U.S. growing areas.

As of Sunday, 61% of U.S. corn is in good to excellent shape, 1% less than last week, with 97% of the crop at the dough making stage, compared to the five-year average of 94%, 79% dented, compared to 71% on average, and 25% of the crop have reached maturity, compared to 19% on average.

65% of U.S. soybeans are called good to excellent, down 1% on the week, with 20% dropping leaves, compared to 16% typically in early September.

82% of spring wheat is harvested, compared to the usual pace of 87%.

5% of winter wheat is planted, compared to 3% on average.

45% of cotton is rated good to excellent, 1% higher, 96% of the crop is setting bolls, compared to 97% on average, and 37% of bolls are opening, compared to the normal rate of 34%.

78% of rice is in good to excellent condition, up 2%, with 26% of the crop harvested, compared to 35% on average.

22% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent shape, unchanged from a week ago, with 32% called fair, and 46% in poor to very poor condition.

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