Sept. 3 Crop Progress: Heat progresses corn, soybean maturity, worsens condition

The heat helped progress the corn crop in the last week. According to the most recent USDA Crop Progress report, many of the major corn-producing states are seeing corn reach maturity, and soybean pod set is nearing average rates. The condition of both crops worsened, however, in the last week.



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The corn crop is reaching the average range at dough stage, with 84% of the overall crop now at that point. The five-year average is 89%. The crop is still well behind average dent stage at 42% dented overall, 19 points behind the five-year average. Four percent of the overall crop has reached maturity. While behind the average of 17%, there are only half a dozen states where no corn has reached maturity yet, including: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The overall corn crop lost 3 points in the good/excellent rating, dropping to 56% good/excellent overall. Sixteen percent of the overall crop is in very poor/poor condition. Last year at this time, 52% of the overall corn crop was in very poor/poor condition.


Soybean pod set is nearing completion, and average. Ninety-two percent of the overall crop has set pods, 4 points behind the five-year average. No state has reached 100% pod set, compared to last year at this time when nine states had reached 100%. Only two states have less than 80% of the crop setting pods: Missouri (79%) and North Carolina (67%).

Soybean condition dropped 4 points in the last week, now at 54% good/excellent overall. The very poor/poor condition ratings increased 2 points to 15% overall. Last year at this time, 37% of the overall soybean crop was in very poor/poor condition. 


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