Corn crops across the major-producing states have starting silking in many areas. The overall silking rate is 6%, which is just slightly ahead of the 5-year average, and 3 points ahead of last year's rate.
Overall condition of the 2016 corn crop is holding pretty steady over last week, with 75% of the crop still in good/excellent condition. Last year at this time, 68% of the overall crop was in good/excellent condition. Some of the best corn is still in Wisconsin, where 86% of the crop is in good/excellent condition. Other states that have corn that's more than 80% good/excellent include: Colorado (80%), Minnesota (81%) and North Dakota (81%).
Nearly all of the soybean crop has emerged, at 95% complete. A few states have less than 80% of their soybean crops out of the ground, including: Kentucky (76% emerged), North Carolina (77%) and Tennessee (78%).
Soybeans have started blooming in all but one of the major soybean-producing states (Kansas is the only state that doesn't have any of the crop in bloom yet). Nine percent of the overall crop is blooming at this point, 2 points ahead of the average pace.
The overall crop conditions for soybeans have stayed fairly steady, falling just one point in the good/excellent category to 72%. Last year at this time, the good/excellent rating was 63%. Again, Wisconsin has the most soybeans in good/excellent condition at 84%.