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OMAHA — U.S. corn and soybean conditions held mostly steady last week as both crops continued to mature ahead of their normal pace, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service’s weekly Crop Progress report released Tuesday. The report is normally released on Mondays but was delayed this week due to the Labor Day holiday.

Listen to the report here: https://post.futurimedia.com/krvnam/playlist/9-4-futures-one-crop-progress-report-5022.html

Nationwide, corn condition dropped just 1 percentage point from 68% good to excellent the previous week to 67% last week, close to what the crop’s good-to-excellent rating was at the same time in 2015, according to NASS. Soybean condition was unchanged at 66% good to excellent.

NASS estimated that 96% of corn was in the dough stage as of Sunday, Sept. 2, 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 91%. Seventy-five percent of corn was dented, 15 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 60%. Corn mature nationwide was estimated at 22%, 11 percentage points ahead of the average pace of 11%. North Carolina, Texas and Kentucky look closest to being harvest-ready, noted DTN Analyst Todd Hultman.

Meanwhile, 16% of soybeans nationwide were dropping leaves, 7 percentage points ahead of the average of 9%. Louisiana had the highest percentage of soybeans dropping leaves, Hultman noted.

Spring wheat harvest was 87% complete as of Sunday, equal to last year but ahead of the five-year average of 75%. Harvest was nearly finished in both South Dakota and Minnesota.

Sorghum was 96% headed as of Sunday, near the five-year average of 95%. Sorghum coloring was 69%, ahead of the five-year average of 62%. Sorghum mature was estimated at 30%, near 31% at the same time last year but behind the five-year average of 33%. Twenty-two percent of the sorghum crop was harvested as of Sunday, near the average pace of 23%.

Barley was 84% harvested as of Sunday, behind 91% last year but near the average of 83%. Oats were 94% harvested as of Sunday, ahead of 90% last year and also ahead of the five-year average of 91%.

Thirty-one percent of rice was harvested as of Sunday, ahead of last year’s 28% and also ahead of the five-year average of 26%. Cotton was 96% setting bolls, equal to both last year and the average pace. Twenty-nine percent of cotton had bolls opening, ahead of the average of 26%.

To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/…. Look for the U.S. map in the “Find Data and Reports by” section and choose the state you wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state’s “Crop Progress & Condition” report.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Year
Week Week Year Avg.
Corn Dough 96 92 91 91
Corn Dented 75 61 58 60
Corn Mature 22 10 11 11
Soybeans Dropping Leaves 16 7 10 9
Cotton Setting Bolls 96 91 96 96
Cotton Bolls Opening 29 21 24 26
Sorghum Headed 96 93 95 95
Sorghum Coloring 69 55 60 62
Sorghum Mature 30 27 31 33
Sorghum Harvested 22 20 23 23
Spring Wheat Harvested 87 77 87 75
Rice Harvested 31 20 28 26
Barley Harvested 84 80 91 83
Oats Harvested 94 89 90 91


National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
Corn 4 8 21 46 21 4 8 20 47 21 4 9 26 48 13
Soybeans 3 8 23 49 17 3 8 23 49 17 3 8 28 50 11
Sorghum 5 12 31 43 9 5 12 30 44 9 2 6 29 53 10
Cotton 15 18 26 31 10 13 18 25 33 11 6 5 24 46 19
Rice 3 22 59 16 4 21 60 15 6 23 55 16

LINCOLN — Sorghum farmers are invited to attend the 2018 Sorghum Field Days to be held at two locations during September.  Field performance of commercial hybrids, updates on markets, sorghum agronomics and checkoff activities are planned for the program.

The field stops include both irrigated and dryland plot tours with management information from the plot cooperator; sorghum seed representatives will be available to share hybrid information.

The tour stops will also include a demonstration of the Bish SuperCrop® sorghum header, newly designed and created to cater to the needs of today’s farmers and harvesters.  According to Bish Enterprises, equipment manufacturer in Giltner, NE, the header is designed for easy pick up of down sorghum, while also achieving the optimal design for harvesting standing sorghum – while leaving a minimum of 15” of stubble in the field in both conditions.

A meal and program follows the field tours. The meal program will include a sorghum agronomy update by Dr. Brent Bean, Director of Agronomy for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and an update from the Nebraska Sorghum Board.  Ag West Commodities will provide a market outlook at the Trenton location.

Participating seed companies include Arrow Seed, Channel Seed, DeKalb, Dyna-Gro, Fontanelle, Hoegemeyer, NuTech Seed, Pioneer, and Sorghum Partners.

Planning and coordination of the event is under the direction of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association.

Schedule and Directions:

  • Wednesday September 5, 5:00 PM – Trenton – Mike Baker Farm

Irrigated and Dryland Plots:  (2.5 miles north of Trenton to Rd 717; go west 3 miles.)

  • Thursday, September 6, 11:00 AM – Farwell – John Dvoracek Farm

Irrigated Plot:  (Off of Highway 92 at west edge of Farwell, go 2 miles North on Salem, 1 mile West on 15th Avenue, and 1½ Miles North on Tilden, turn left into field at the plot sign at the bridge.)