While all of the corn crop is still not planted, the first U.S. soybean crop condition rating of the year is sharply below a year ago’s rating.
This week’s grading of the soybean crop’s condition is the lowest initial rating of the year since 1992, when it hit 52 percent.
In its Crop Progress Report released Monday, the USDA pegged U.S. corn planting at 96 percent complete, behind the 100 percent five-year average.
The administration also estimated the corn crop as 56 percent good/excellent condition, below last week’s 59 percent rating.
As of Sunday, Ohio’s corn crop was rated 39 percent good/excellent; Indiana 43 percent, Illinois 47 percent, Iowa 62 percent, and Nebraska 77 percent.
Also, 89 percent of the U.S. corn has emerged vs. a 99 percent five-year average.
The USDA set the soybean planting completion rate at 85 percent compared to a 97 percent five-year average.
The nation’s crop is rated at 54 percent good/excellent vs. a 73 percent rating at this time a year ago. Seventy-one percent of the soybean crop has emerged vs. the 91 percent five-year average.
The winter wheat harvest is 15 percent complete compared to a 34 percent five-year average.
Source: Successful Farming