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U.S. soybean planting nearly complete

The USDA’s national condition rating on corn improved slightly last week, while soybeans dipped a little.

As of Sunday, 72% of U.S. corn is in good to excellent shape, up 1% on the week, with 2% of the crop silking, matching the normal pace.

70% of U.S. beans are called good to excellent, 2% lower than a week ago, with 96% of the crop planted, compared to the five-year average of 93%. 89% of soybeans have emerged, compared to 85% on average, and 5% are blooming, in-line with the usual rate.

52% of winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, 2% above last week, with 96% of the crop headed, compared to 97% typically in mid to late June, and 29% is harvested, compared to 26% on average.

75% of spring wheat is rated good to excellent, a drop of 6%, with 12% of the crop headed, much slower than normal.

40% of cotton is in good to excellent shape, 3% below a week ago, with 35% called fair, 5% lower, and 25% poor to very poor, 8% higher, with 96% planted, 27% squaring, and 6% setting bolls, all close to average.

73% of rice is called good to excellent, up 2%, with 96% headed, compared to 99% typically for this time of year, and 9% headed, compared to the five-year average of 6%.

47% of sorghum is rated good to excellent, 1% less than last week, with 91% of the crop planted, compared to 87% on average, and 18% emerged, matching the normal pace.

43% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, down 3%, and 32% are rated fair, 1% lower, with 25% rated poor to very poor, 3% higher.

The USDA’s planted area totals are out on the 30th.

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