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No Other Way to Say it - Corn Has to Catch Up

Latest USDA Crop Progress Report shows corn still has a ways to go to be average.

Published on: Aug 19, 2013

This week's USDA Crop Progress Report is a lesson in patience for producers waiting for their corn and soybeans to mature. And they're still waiting.

Corn is at 97% silking, close to the five-year average, but a closer look shows that only 52% has reached dough stage well behind the 65% average. Iowa is farthest behind with just 24% at dough versus 60% on average. Minnesota is close behind at 27% dough versus 47% on average. Farmers are hoping for a long drawn out late-frost fall to make the most of a crop that's seen plenty of moisture - at least in the Eastern Corn Belt.

As for dent? Corn is only 11% dent stage which is well behind the 30% five-year average. By this time last year 57% of corn was at dent but that was a drought-stricken number where the corn that did reach dent often still didn't yield well.

MOVING ALONG: Corn is about average for silking, but behind on development.
MOVING ALONG: Corn is about average for silking, but behind on development.

As for corn condition, there are signs that while it appears nearly the same as last week, corn appears to be slipping. It's minor but corn has fallen behind condition of just a week ago with 61% good to excellent versus 64% in the last report.

For soybeans, 92% is blooming, just off the five-year pace of 96%. However, just 72% of the crop is setting pods and that's farther behind the five-year average of 81%. The crop, in a lot of places, got a late start due to a wet spring, and is still playing catch-up on a grand scale.

Soybean crop condition is also sliding with 62% good to excellent versus 64% the week before.

The winter wheat harvest has surpassed the five-year average bringing in 96% of the crop for this report. Meanwhile spring wheat harvest still lags the five-year average at 18% versus 38%.

Spring wheat condition is remaining steady 66% good to excellent.

Keep up with crop conditions and yield estimates on the Farm Futures Statistical Tables and Charts page.