Weekly Crop Conditions released this afternoon showed a continued drop in Corn and Soybean conditions - not surprising. Corn was down 2 percentage points in the Good/Excellent category this week to 24%. Most notable changes were MN down 5% (rated 56% G/E) and SD down 4%, but one must take into account that some states don't have that much in the G/E category to drop, namely IL and MO rated at a mere 5% G/E. IN, OH, and WI showed small gains in the G/E category over last week. On the flip side, Poor/Very Poor tallies are reflecting levels comparable to 1988 as seen in the chart below.
Soybeans rating G/E were also 2 points lower on the week, now rated at 29% nationally. Both MN (57%) and IA (25%) were 3 lower along with NE being down 4% on last week and SD was steady. As seen in corn ratings, IN and OH both improved their bean ratings a touch.
Progress wise: Corn Silking is at 94% vs 78% last year. Dented is running at 13% this week vs. 3% average. Soybean crop is also ahead of last years blooming pace at 88% vs. 75% average.
Nationwide Spring wheat harvest is 28% complete vs 3% on average. SD is 82% wrapped up and ND at 26% harvested.