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USDA: Corn, Soybean Conditions Decline

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. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.