National Corn, Soybean and Cotton Crops Gaining in Maturity, Quality Holds SteadyMon, 20 Jul 2015 17:03:10 CDT
The nation's corn, soybean and cotton crops are holding steady in quality and maturity is nearly on pace with the five-year average. That's according to the latest crop progress report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The nation's corn crop is improving in condition. In the top 18 corn producing states in the nation, the crop gained two percentage points in the excellent category. Overall the crop was rated 69 percent good to excellent condition. Crop maturity came within one point of the five-year average with 55 percent of the crop silking.
"While crop progress reaches a more normal state of maturity for this point in the season, it is heartening to see that corn quality remains high," said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. "As tasseling still lies ahead, a more advantageous mixture of sun, heat and well-timed showers could improve the crop further. Yet, it is important to keep in mind that, as we see many years, it will be difficult to accurately determine the final yield and size of the crop until we finish harvesting and assess the corn we place in our bins."
Despite the progress toward silking across the country last week, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Texas continue to lag the five-year average by 10 or more points.
The nation's soybean crop is on track with average with 56 percent of the crop blooming and 17 percent setting pods. That's in line with the five year average. In the top 18 soybean producing states in the nation, 62 percent of the crop was in good to excellent condition. That's unchanged over the previous week.
The nation's cotton crop improved in condition, gaining one point in the excellent category. In the 15 main cotton producing states, USDA reported 57 percent of the crop rated in good to excellent condition. USDA reported 76 percent of the crop was squaring, behind the five-year average of 81 and 33 percent of the crop was setting bolls. That's three points behind the average of 36.
Click here for the full national crop progress report.
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