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U.S. corn, soybean condition ratings down on week

The USDA’s national condition ratings for corn and soybeans dipped last week because of hot temperatures and storm damage.

As of Sunday, 69% of U.S. corn is in good to excellent condition, down 2% on the week, with 29% of the crop silking, compared to the five-year average of 32%, and 3% at the dough making stage, matching the usual pace.

68% of soybeans are called good to excellent, 3% less than last week, with 48% of beans blooming, compared to 40% on average, and 11% at the pod setting stage, compared to 10% normally this time of year.

68% of winter wheat is harvested, slightly faster than average.

80% of spring wheat has headed, compared to 85% usually in mid-July, and 68% of the crop is in good to excellent shape, 2% below a week ago.

63% of cotton is squaring, compared to 62% on average, and 18% is setting bolls, compared to the normal pace of 21%, and 44% is rated good to excellent, up 1%, but 26% is in poor to very poor condition and another 30% is in fair shape.

24% of rice has headed, compared to the five-year average of 27%, and 74% of the crop is called good to excellent, 1% more than last week.

36% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are rated good to excellent, a week to week drop of 5%.

The USDA’s next production report is out August 12th.

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