Corn and soybean emergence rates are both ahead of average, and closing in on the finish line. Crop conditions are holding steady on the positive end, and slightly increasing in the excellent category for both crops.
Corn emergence is 97% complete, overall; 1 point ahead of the five-year average. Several states have seen all of the corn crop pop out of the ground, including Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Texas. A few states are between 80 and 90% emerged: North Dakota (88%), Pennsylvania (81%) and Wisconsin (88%), all of which are slightly under the average emergence rate.
Corn condition continues to hold steady, and even improved in the excellent rating, reaching a total of 76% of the corn crop in good/excellent condition (17% in excellent). Pennsylvania has the best-rated corn crop at 85% good/excellent, and just 1% poor. States with more than 60% of the corn in good condition include: Iowa (63%), Michigan (66%), Minnesota (62%), North Dakota (71%), Ohio (62%), Pennsylvania (63%), South Dakota (75%) and Wisconsin (65%).
Soybean planting continues to creep toward completion. Ninety-two percent of the overall crop has been planted, just ahead of the 90% five-year average. Farmers in Nebraska are 100% done planting soybeans. A few states have yet to reach the three-quarters mark, including Kentucky (70% planted), North Carolina (71%) and Tennessee (70%).
Of the soybeans that have been planted, 83% of those have emerged overall. This is 6 points ahead of the average, and 20 points ahead of last year’s emergence rate of 63%. Some states are close to seeing all of their soybeans popping out of the soil, including: Iowa (95% emerged), Louisiana (91%) and Nebraska (97%).
Soybean crop conditions are holding fairly steady with an overall good/excellent rating of 73%, down just one point from last week (but up a point in the excellent category). North Dakota has the best-rated soybean crop at 86% good/excellent. Some states have no soybeans in very poor condition, including: Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, North Carolina and Wisconsin.