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Corn Condition Stable, Soybeans Slip

In the week ended July 3, the 18-state corn condition was stable at 75 percent good/very good and 5 percent poor/very poor.

Iowa’s condition was stable, but both Nebraska’s and South Dakota’s corn crop slipped on the upper end of the ratings (see table).

State

Good/Very Good

Poor/Very Poor

 

July 3

June 26

July 3

June 26

18 States

75

75

5

5

Iowa

79

79

4

4

Nebraska

80

83

4

6

South Dakota

68

73

7

5


Silking now stands at 15 percent, two points ahead of the five-year average in the 18 states. As the above-average heat returns after the weekend respite, 6 percent of Iowa’s corn, 10 percent of Nebraska’s and just 2 percent of South Dakota’s crop has reached the critical silk stage.

Soybean blooming in the 18 states jumped ahead, reaching 22 percent versus the 16 percent average. Iowa reached 20 percent and South Dakota is even further ahead at 26 percent (average for both is 16 percent). Nebraska is lagging with only 10 percent blooming against an average 21 percent.

Soybean condition has worsened slightly in the 18 states. State-wide bean condition followed the same pattern as corn: Iowa stable and Nebraska and South Dakota worsening somewhat.

State

Good/Very Good

Poor/Very Poor

June 26, 2016; June 28, 2015

July 3

June 26

July 3

June 26

18 States

70

72

7

5

Iowa

77

77

5

5

Nebraska

77

88

4

2

South Dakota

67

75

7

5


Wheat harvest has worked its way into the states served by FCSAmerica, as harvest in USDA’s 18 states has reached 58 percent, three points ahead of average.

Despite widespread rains at times last week, Nebraska harvest is 20 percent complete, close to the 21 percent average and well ahead of last year’s 13 percent.

The McCook Gazette in southern Nebraska reported today that “the wheat harvest in Hitchcock and Red Willow counties is off to a sensational start, with early yields ranging from 60 to 100 bu./acre.” The fly in the ointment may be lower protein levels, according to Royce Schaneman of the Nebraska Wheat Board, citing the mild growing conditions this season.

At 6 percent complete, South Dakota’s harvest was ahead of the average 4 percent and last year’s zero; 95 percent of the wheat is coloring, well ahead of 70 percent last year and the five-year average of 52 percent.

Kansas, the top wheat-producing state, is 79 percent finished compared with an average 76 percent. Super yields in some areas are cause for celebration, although heavy test weights dragged wheat down in the face of wind and rain for some producers. As always, the state average will conceal fairly widespread differences in yields.

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