Corn and Soybean Crop Ratings Improve Marginally From Week-Ago

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:22 AM

When USDA's weekly crop condition ratings are plugged into Pro Farmer's weighted (by production) Crop Condition Index (CCI; 0 to 500 point scale, with 500 representing perfect), it shows the condition of the corn crop improved by 1.4 points and the soybean crop improved by 1.6 points.

 
Pro Farmer Crop Condition Index

Corn

This week

Last week

Year-ago

 

Soybeans

This week

Last week

Year-ago

Colorado *(0.99%)

3.92
3.94
4.13

Arkansas *(4.05%)

14.11
14.11
15.18

Illinois (15.52%)

61.30
60.21
51.16

Illinois (13.96%)

53.74
53.18
44.47

Indiana (7.06%)

27.10
27.10
22.38

Indiana (7.53%)

28.76
28.76
23.92

Iowa (16.84%)

67.19
66.35
66.31

Iowa
(13.13%)

51.61
50.82
50.48

Kansas (3.96%)

14.78
14.62
13.15

Kansas (3.75%)

13.41
13.19
12.02

Kentucky (1.67%)

6.30
6.32
5.89

Kentucky (2.27%)

8.52
8.66
8.25

Michigan (2.49%)

8.91
8.89
9.53

Louisiana (1.70%)

6.40
6.42
6.59

Minnesota 9.37%)

37.28
37.28
40.35

Michigan (2.42%)

8.56
8.56
8.85

Missouri (3.60%)

13.81
13.63
11.36

Minnesota (8.54%)

33.29
32.95
33.74

Nebraska (11.79%)

46.32
46.20
44.39

Mississippi (2.42%)

9.11
9.19
10.17

N. Carolina (0.74%)

2.76
2.73
2.75

Missouri (5.74%)

21.11
20.94
18.31

N. Dakota (2.49%)

9.64
9.57
11.32

Nebraska (7.57%)

29.29
29.29
27.53

Ohio (4.22%)

15.54
16.00
14.48

N. Carolina (1.74%)

5.95
5.85
6.26

Pennsylvania (1.09%)

4.15
4.30
4.78

N. Dakota (4.72%)

17.76
17.76
19.16

S. Dakota (5.74%)

20.54
20.95
21.04

Ohio
(6.29%)

21.19
23.40
20.88

Tennessee (0.92%)

3.51
3.51
3.68

S. Dakota (5.80%)

21.42
21.42
20.93

Texas (1.98%)

7.30
7.47
7.13

Tennessee (2.01%)

1.00
1.00
1.00

Wisconsin (3.40%)

14.22
14.18
13.92

Wisconsin (2.07%)

8.54
8.54
8.29

Corn total

388.36
386.96
373.75

Soybean total

372.23
370.63
352.61


* denotes percentage of total national corn crop production.

Iowa: Timely rains this week were beneficial to crops. Statewide there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 17, 2016, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, there were isolated reports of damage to crops and buildings caused by high winds and hail. Activities for the week included cutting hay and applying fungicide to corn. Topsoil moisture levels rated 3 percent very short, 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 3 percent very short, 12 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.

Sixty-seven percent of the corn crop had reached the silking stage, five days ahead of last year and a week ahead of average. Across the State there were scattered reports of corn reaching the dough stage. Corn condition improved slightly to 81 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming reached 66 percent and soybean setting pods reached 20 percent. Both of these soybean stages were 4 days ahead of 2015 and 5 days ahead of normal. Soybean condition rated 80 percent good to excellent this week.

 

Illinois: Overall, a good week weather wise for much of the State with a few reports of wind damage to corn from severe weather midweek. Spraying for weeds and insects are the major field activities right now. Statewide, the average temperature was 76.1 degrees, 0.1 degree below normal. Precipitation averaged 1.07 inches, 0.37 inches above normal. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 17. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

Corn silking reached 77 percent, compared to 69 percent last year. Corn dough was at 5 percent, compared to 12 percent for the 5 - y ear average. Corn condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 22 percent excellent. Soybeans blooming was at 60 percent, compared to 49 percent last year. Soybeans setting pods reached 15 percent. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 17 percent excellent.

 

Indiana: Light showers across the State were beneficial for dry areas and a burden for the oversaturated southern region, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Most of the State received some precipitation during the week, but there are portions that continued to be dry. Statewide precipitation was slightly above average at 0.92 inches. Temperatures continued to be hot and humid across the state, leaving some crops stressed. The statewide average temperature was 75.1 degrees, 0.2 degrees above normal. There were 5.0 days available for fieldwork for the week ending July 17, up 0.4 days from the previous week.

Corn dough was 1% in the North, 1% in Central and 2% in the South. Corn rated in good to excellent condition was 74% in the North, 81% in Central, and 61% in the South. Corn has silked evenly so far in all regions in the State at 50%. Corn continues to progress quickly with the warm temperatures. Wind damage from storms are still present in corn fields.

Minnesota: Strong thunderstorms moved across the northern and central parts of Minnesota during the week ending July 17, 2016, limiting producers’ opportunities for fieldwork according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork. There were reports of damaging wind, hail, and excessive rainfall leading to flooding in some areas, with producers still assessing damage to crops. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus.

Minnesota’s corn acreage advanced to 51 percent silked, 5 days ahead of the five-year average and 3 days ahead of last year. Corn condition rated 82 percent good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from the previous week. Seventy-two percent of the soybean crop was blooming or beyond, 8 days ahead of average but equal to last year. Twelve percent of the soybean crop were setting pods. Soybean condition rated 78 percent good to excellent.


 

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