USDA: Corn conditions unchanged, again

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Corn conditions continue to stabilize as rain and cooler weather returned to many of the nation’s top 18 producing states. According the USDA’s Crop Progress report released on Aug. 15, 60 percent of the country’s corn is in “good” to “excellent” condition, which is unchanged from last week’s report.

Crop Conditions
Wisconsin reported the best conditions in the country this week, with 79 percent of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition.  South Dakota (79 percent), Minnesota (75 percent) and Nebraska (75 percent) also reported high numbers of crops in “good” to “excellent” condition.

Overall, 60 percent of the country’s corn is in “good” to “excellent” condition,  compared to 69 percent last year:

U.S. Crop Conditions

Very poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Current Week

5

10

25

46

14

Last Week

6

10

24

45

15

Last Year

3

8

20

46

23

Texas crops have remained the worst in the country for much of the summer following nearly two-months of triple digit heat and a record-breaking drought. Conditions for Texas corn fell through July but have been on a roller coaster for much of August:

Texas Crop Conditions

Very poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Current Week

33

35

22

10

-

Reported August 8

40

32

22

10

-

Reported August 1

36

34

21

9

-

Reported July 25

39

32

22

7

-

Reported July 18

35

30

23

12

-

Reported July 11

35

27

25

13

-

Reported July 5

26

27

30

16

1

North Carolina, Kansas and Missouri reported 43, 42 and 32 percent of crops in “very poor” to “poor” condition. Kansas has seen the biggest drop in corn conditions over the last six weeks as conditions fell 27 percent. 

Progress Update
Corn progress still lags from last year’s pace but is quickly catching up with the five-year average in most cases. Ninety-eight percent of corn has now silked, and more than half (52 percent) of corn has reached the dough stage. Furthermore, 17 percent of corn is now in the dent stage, compared to 7 percent last week.

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