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Corn, Soybeans, Cotton Condition Holding Steady, Weather Impacting Corn Crop Maturity

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:19:05 CDT

Corn, Soybeans, Cotton Condition Holding Steady, Weather Impacting Corn Crop Maturity The nation's corn, soybeans and cotton are holding steady. That's according to the latest crop progress report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The nation's corn crop is holding its condition, but still remains behind in terms of maturity. In the top 18 corn producing states in the nation, 69 percent of the crop rated in good to excellent condition. That is unchanged over last week's rating. Illinois dropped five points this week with 56 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition. Ohio's corn crop continues to struggle with only 41 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition. Corn silking was at 27 percent nationally, which remains behind the five-year average of 34.


"As wet conditions persist, it makes sense that maturity continues to progress at a slower-than-normal rate," said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. "Yet, with tasseling still ahead, a more advantageous mixture of sun, heat and well-timed showers could help the crop recover. As is so often true, the conditions prevalent during tasseling will play a sizeable role in determining the size of the crop at harvest."


The states tailing their five-year average of acres of corn silking by the greatest spread include Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota, which trail the five-year average by 13, 12 and 11 points respectively.


The nation's soybean crop is on track with average with 38 percent of the crop blooming and six percent setting pods. In the top 18 soybean producing states in the nation, 62 percent of the crop was in good to excellent condition. That's down one point from last week.


The condition of the nation's cotton crop is unchanged over last week. In the 15 main cotton producing states, USDA reported 57 percent of the crop rated in good to excellent condition. That's unchanged over the previous week. USDA reported 61 percent of the crop was squaring, behind the five-year average of 70 and 18 percent of the crop was setting bolls. That's behind the average of 24.


Click here for the full national crop progress report.

   

 

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