Crop Maturity Slows with Cooler Weather but Warmer Forecast Could Impact CropMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:57:11 CDT
The nationís crop conditions held nearly steady this past week, while crop maturity was slowed by cool weather across the Corn Belt. That's according to the latest crop progress report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With higher temperatures forecast this week, progress will likely make faster gains by the next report.
In the top 18 corn producing states in the nation, crop condition fell by one point. Overall the crop rated, 68 percent in good to excellent condition, 22 percent fair and ten percent poor to very poor. With 92 percent of corn acres in the doughing stage, 60 percent denting and nine percent mature.
The nation's soybean crop condition gained one point in the excellent category. In the top 18 soybean producing states in the nation, 63 percent of the crop was in good to excellent condition, 26 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor. With 93 percent of the crop setting pods and nine percent dropping leaves.
The nation's cotton crop rating was a mixed bag in gaining one point in the good category and two points in the very poor category since last week. In the 15 main cotton producing states, USDA reported 54 percent of the crop rated in good to excellent condition, 35 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor. USDA reported 94 percent of the crop was setting bolls and 22 percent of the crop had cotton bolls opening, behind the five year average of 27.
The nationís sorghum crop condition steady with last weekís rating with 68 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition, 25 percent fair and seven percent poor to very poor. With 95 percent of the crop headed, 58 percent of the crop coloring and 29 percent of the crop mature.
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