Corn Belt a mixed bag of crop conditions

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Nearly two-thirds of the country’s corn is in good or excellent condition, slightly improved from last week and markedly better than this same time in 2012.

In its latest “Crop Progress” report, the USDA showed that favorable weather helped improve conditions for corn in many key growing states.  

About half of the corn in Iowa, the nation’s top corn-producing state, is in good or better condition. This is 9 percentage points below the national average. However, conditions improved by 4 percentage points from last week’s report, making it one of the most improved. 

Illinois reported significant improvement in its corn as it jumped from 57 percent in good to excellent condition last week to 67 percent this week. Texas is another state that was favored by the weather. Sixty-five percent of corn in the Lone Star State is in good or better condition, compared to 53 percent last week.

Not all states benefited from the weather. Nineteen percent of the corn in Colorado is in poor to very poor condition – the worst in the country. This also corresponds with the drought’s hold on the state, which is affecting all of Colorado’s corn. More than half of corn in Colorado is now growing in areas dealing with extreme or exceptional drought.

For soybeans, planting is nearly completed and just 19 percent of the crop has yet to emerge. Conditions this week decreased slightly, with 7 percent in poor or very poor condition – up from 6 percent last week. However, this is a far cry from the 15 percent reported in 2012. Iowa and Missouri have the worst conditions in the country.

Overall, 9 percent of soybeans are within an area experiencing drought. Kansas and Nebraska have the highest percentages of soybeans in drought. Read more from the “Ag in Drought” report.  

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