59% of U.S. corn, 57% of soybeans good to excellent


59% of U.S. corn, 57% of soybeans good to excellent

The USDA says national conditions for soybeans improved a little bit on the week, while the rating for corn was modestly lower. Conditions last week were mixed, with much needed rain in some very dry parts of the Midwest and Plains, against hot, dry weather in other areas and excessive post-Ida rainfall in portions of the Eastern Corn Belt and Delta.

As of Sunday, 95% of U.S. corn is at the dough making stage, compared to the five-year average of 94%, 74% has dented, compared to 69% on average, and 21% of the crop is mature, compared to the usual rate of 19%, with 59% of corn rated good to excellent, down 1% on the week.

96% of soybeans are at the pod setting stage, matching the average, and 18% is dropping leaves, compared to 15% typically in early September, with 57% of beans in good to excellent shape, up 1%.

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

95% of spring wheat is harvested, compared to the normal pace of 83%.

94% of cotton is at the boll setting stage, compared to the five-year average of 97% and 29% of those bolls are opening, compared to 34% on average, with 61% of cotton called good to excellent, a drop of 9%.

75% of rice is reportedly good to excellent, 2% lower, and 28% of the crop is harvested, compared to 31% on average.

29% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, 1% higher.

The USDA’s next round of production estimates is out Friday.