USDA reports condition ratings on the U.S. corn and soybean crops declined last week and both crops continue to develop slower than average.
As of Sunday, 97% of corn is silking, compared to 100% this time last year and the five year average of 99%. 52% of corn is at the dough making stage, compared to 87% a year ago and 65% on average, while 11% has dented, compared to 57% last year and 30% on average. 61% of corn is in good to excellent condition, down 3% on the week.
For soybeans, 92% are blooming, compared to 98% a year ago and 96% on average, with 72% at the pod setting stage, compared to 90% last year and 81% on average. 62% of soybeans are in good to excellent shape, 2% less than a week ago.
96% of the winter wheat crop is harvested, compared to 97% last year and 94% for the five year average.
18% of spring wheat is harvested, compared to 77% a year ago and 38% on average, with the condition rating unchanged at 66% good to excellent.
45% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are rated good to excellent, steady with last week and 28% more than last year.