Nine percent of the nation’s corn crop was mature as of Aug. 28, according to USDA’s latest Crop Progress report released Monday. That’s two percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Corn condition held steady at 75% good to excellent.
“DTN’s Corn Condition Index stayed unchanged at 180,” said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. “DTN’s index was up from 164 a year ago and is well above the five-year average of 120. Monday’s report is bearish for corn.”
Ninety-two percent of the crop was in the dough stage, compared to 85% last week, 90% last year and a five-year average of 87%. Sixty percent of the corn was dented, compared to 40% last week, 54% last year and a 52% average.
Soybeans were 94% setting pods, compared to 89% last week, 91% last year and 92% for the five-year average. Five percent of the crop has started dropping leaves, compared to 8% last year and a 5% average. Soybean conditions were slightly stronger at 73% good to excellent, compared to last week’s 72%.
Keith Landis of northern Illinois told DTN there have been some problems from an excess of moisture in that area and some other issues are showing too.
“Some corn field ears are browning and beginning to tilt,” he said. “Some bean fields are showing signs of sudden death. … Yield on corn and beans is anyone’s guess at this time. The fields of both corn and beans look nice and even; yields will probably vary some depending on when it was planted.”
In west-central Minnesota, David Tollefson had these observations: “… the beans are getting yellow and the corn is almost fully dented.”
Twenty-two percent of the rice crop was harvested, compared to 15% last week, 24% last year and a 21% average. Rice condition decreased to 60% good to excellent compared to 61% last week.
Sorghum was 95% headed, compared to 89% last week, 94% last year and 88% on average. Coloring was reported at 62%, compared to 52% last week, 55% last year and a 51% average. Thirty-three percent of sorghum was mature, compared to 29% last week, 28% last year and a five-year average of 30%. Eighteen percent of the crop is harvested, compared to 19% last year and a 23% average. Sorghum condition held steady from the previous week at 65% good to excellent.
Oats were 95% harvested as of Sunday, compared to 89% last week, 94% last year and an 89% average. Barley harvest was reported at 86% complete, compared to 70% last week, 91% last year and a 67% average.
|National Crop Progress Summary|
|Soybeans Setting Pods||94||89||91||92|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves||5||NA||8||5|
|Spring Wheat Harvested||81||65||84||62|
|Cotton Setting Bolls||95||92||91||94|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||23||16||20||23|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
For the week ending August 28, 2016, temperatures averaged two to four degrees below normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Precipitation of an inch or more was limited to the southern border counties and portions of the extreme east. Much of the State remained dry. The cooler temperatures reduced crop moisture demands. In western counties, producers continued preparing summer fallow for winter wheat planting. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 32 short, 57 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 7 percent very short, 30 short, 61 adequate, and 2 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 19 fair, 59 good, and 16 excellent. Corn dough was 95 percent, ahead of 89 last year, and near the five-year average of 92. Dented was 61 percent, ahead of 53 last year and 56 average. Mature was 5 percent, near 1 last year and 7 average.
Sorghum condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 17 fair, 64 good, and 19 excellent. Sorghum coloring was 74 percent, well ahead of 39 last year and 36 average. Mature was 2 percent. Soybeans condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 61 good, and 16 excellent.
Soybeans setting pods was 96 percent, near 95 last year, and equal to average. Dropping leaves was 8 percent, near 9 last year and 4 average. Winter wheat planted was 1 percent, equal to average.
Alfalfa condition rated 4 percent very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 62 good, and 12 excellent. Alfalfa third cutting was 93 percent, near 92 last year, and ahead of 86 average. Fourth cutting was 37 percent, ahead of 27 last year, and well ahead of 17 average.
Dry edible beans condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 33 fair, 52 good, and 10 excellent. Dry edible beans blooming was 93 percent. Setting pods was 88 percent, behind 98 last year and 97 average. Dropping leaves was 19 percent, behind 26 last year, but near 16 average. Proso millet harvested was 6 percent, near 2 average.
Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 23 fair, 55 good, and 10 excellent.
For the week ending August 28, 2016, cool, wet conditions dominated the weather pattern, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 4 percent very short, 13 short, 75 adequate, and 8 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 3 percent very short, 15 short, 78 adequate, and 4 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 25 fair, 56 good, and 12 excellent. Corn dough was 92 percent, equal to last year, and near the five-year average of 93. Dented was 64 percent, near 63 last year and equal to average. Mature was 15 percent, near 14 last year, but behind 23 average.
Soybean condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 27 fair, 55 good, and 13 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 96 percent, near 94 last year and 95 average. Setting pods was 82 percent, near 78 last year and 79 average. Dropping leaves was 2 percent, near 5 last year and 4 average. Sorghum condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 59 good, and 15 excellent.
Sorghum headed was 96 percent, near 94 last year, and ahead of 85 average. Coloring was 50 percent, ahead of 42 last year, and well ahead of 30 average. Mature was 3 percent, near 2 both last year and average. Cotton condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 29 fair, 64 good, and 4 excellent.
Cotton squaring was 93 percent, equal to last year, and near 97 average. Setting bolls was 65 percent, behind 74 last year and 77 average. Bolls opening was 7 percent, near 8 last year and 10 average.
Sunflower condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 28 fair, 63 good, and 7 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 89 percent, near 85 last year and 86 average. Ray flowers dried was 15 percent, near 17 last year, and behind 27 average.
Alfalfa hay condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 31 fair, 58 good, and 6 excellent. Alfalfa hay third cutting was 94 percent complete, near 95 last year, but ahead of 89 average. Fourth cutting was 43 percent complete, ahead of 37 last year, and well ahead of 22 average.
Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 24 fair, 61 good, and 10 excellent.