Condition ratings fall in Arkansas
A lack of soil moisture is pulling condition ratings lower in Arkansas.
The USDA says 54% of the corn crop is called good to excellent, 8% less than last week, with silking nearly complete, dough making and denting behind schedule, and maturity matching the five-year average.
62% of soybeans are rated good to excellent, 7% lower, with emergence over for the season and blooming and pod setting close to normal.
64% of cotton is in good to excellent shape, a decline of 9%, with squaring and boll setting both slower than the respective typical paces.
65% of rice is reported as good to excellent, up 1%, with 19% of the crop headed, compared to 33% on average.
74% of peanuts are in good to excellent condition, a drop of 10%, with 89% pegging, compared to the usual rate of 93%.
Just 34% of livestock in Arkansas are in good to excellent condition, 11% below a week ago, and 75% of pastures are in poor to very poor shape.