The latest crop condition report released by the USDA Sept. 5 shows the corn and soybean crops are steady. Both of the crop reports show they stayed the same as last week but are still down from where they were in 2016.
The progress report shows 50% of the crop is in good condition and 28% is in fair condition.
The corn condition report shows 48% of the crop in good condition and 26% in fair condition. In 2016, 54% of the corn crop was in good condition and 19% was in fair condition.
The corn dough progress report shows 92% of the corn is in the dough stage. That’s down from the four year average of 94% at this time.
States that are running below average include Colorado with 80%; Michigan and Wisconsin with 79% and Pennsylvania is struggling with only 66% in the stage.
The USDA crop progress report shows only 60% of the corn crop is in the dented stage. That’s down from the four year average of 68%. In 2016, the report showed 74% of the crop was in the dented stage.
States that are falling behind include Minnesota with 51%; Michigan reports 44%; Pennsylvania farmers say 38%; Wisconsin reports 33%; and the states of Colorado and North Dakota report 31%.
The amount of corn reported as mature is down from the four year average. The latest report shows only 12% is considered mature at this point. That’s down from the four year average of 18% and the 2016 average of 17%.
North Carolina is only reporting 3% of the crop mature, Colorado and Wisconsin reports 2% and four states (Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and South Dakota) report only 1%.
Soybeans setting pods
The crop progress report shows 97% of the soybeans are setting pods. That’s up 1% from the four year average of 96% and the same as it was in 2016.
The only two states running behind are North Carolina with 87% and Kentucky reporting 86%. All other states are running with the overall average.
Soybeans dropping leaves
Overall, 11% of the soybean crop has started dropping leaves. That’s the same as 2016 and is only one point down from the four year average.
In the Midwest, Illinois and Missouri reports 3% are dropping; and 2% in Iowa and Minnesota.