This year may be wetter than 2012 for some Corn Belt states, but that doesn’t mean corn conditions are much better.
According to the “Crop Progress” report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week, 64 percent of the corn in the top 18 states is in “good” or ‘excellent” condition, which is pretty much the same as last year, when 63 percent was in “good” or ‘excellent” condition at this same time.
Eight percent of the country’s corn is in poor or worse condition, 2 percentage points lower than last year.
Corn conditions across five states in particular are struggling against everything from deluge to drought.
States dealing with too much water include Iowa, where 16 percent of corn is in poor or worse condition. Just a few weeks ago, the Associated Press detailed the headaches facing farmers with soggy fields:
“We've had as much rain in the last month and a half as we did the last whole growing season,” Iowa farmer Kevin Rempp said. “It's just one of those deals where Mother Nature has given us a different hand to play this year and we're trying to make the best of it."
Other states battling excessive rain include Illinois and Missouri, where 11 and 12 percent of corn is in poor to very poor condition, respectively.
Colorado and Texas, however, are dealing with a different scenario. Little rain has put Colorado crops in jeopardy, with everything from dust storms to wildfire threatening parts of the state. As a result, 16 percent of Colorado is in poor to very poor condition, tied with Iowa for the worst corn conditions in the country.
While parts of Texas have seen massive amounts of rain, most of it has been left fairly dry this month. Eleven percent of the Lone Star’s corn is in poor to very poor condition as a result.
Soybeans are a different story. Fifteen percent of soybeans still need to be planted, putting this year’s progress 6 percentage points below the five-year average. Likewise, soybeans are also emerging slower than average.
Like corn, soybeans are struggling in some states such as Iowa (14 percent in poor or worse condition) and Missouri (10 percent in poor or worse condition). Overall, 6 percent of the nation’s soybean are struggling, compared to 12 percent reported in 2012.