Drought continues to influence corn progress, conditions

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Corn conditions dipped slightly this week as drought returned to Texas and the southern Plains while progress in the nation’s top 18 producing states lag behind 2010’s pace. According the USDA’s Crop Progress report released on Aug. 22, 57 percent of the country’s corn is in “good” to “excellent” condition, compared to 60 percent last week.

Crop Conditions
Wisconsin corn conditions remain the best in the country this week, with 78 percent of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition. Although the best conditions reported, it is 1 percentage point below last week’s report. Other states reporting stellar crop conditions include Nebraska (76 percent) and South Dakota (75 percent).

Overall, 57 percent of the country’s corn is in “good” to “excellent” condition, compared to 60 percent last week:

U.S. Crop Conditions

Very poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Current Week

6

11

26

44

13

Last Week

5

10

25

46

14

Last Year

3

7

20

47

23

Texas crops continue to be plagued by severe heat and drought, however this week conditions in the state evened out after a dropped through the month of July and going on a roller coaster for much of August. This week marked the first report indicating no change from the previous week’s report:

Texas Crop Conditions

Very poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Current Week

33

35

22

10

-

August 15

33

35

22

10

-

August 8

40

32

22

10

-

August 1

36

34

21

9

-

July 25

39

32

22

7

-

July 18

35

30

23

12

-

July 11

35

27

25

13

-

July 5

26

27

30

16

1

North Carolina and Kansas also reported struggling crops with 48 and 42 percent of corn rated in “very poor” to “poor” condition.  Kansas crops in particular have seen a plunge in conditions during the last six weeks but saw no change from last week’s report.

Progress Update
Corn progress still lags from 2010’s pace but is catching up or matching the five-year average in most cases. Nearly three-quarters of the corn (73 percent) has now reached the dough stage, compared to the five-year average of 73 percent and last year’s report of 86 percent.  Thirty-three percent of the nation’s corn have now dented, compared to the five-year average of 37 percent. It still lags behind 2010’s pace of 51 percent.

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