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Crop Development Continues Ahead of Average; Condition Slips

The 2018 corn crop is rocketing toward completion.

 

Silking

Dough stage

Poor/very poor

Good/excellent

 

7/22

Average

7/22

Average

7/22

7/22

18 states

81

62

18

8

9

72

Iowa

88

61

7

5

6

72

Kansas

83

71

34

14

21

50

Nebraska

82

68

22

7

3

87

South Dakota

762

47

10

2

6

71

 

corn progress july 15 2018However, the following graph shows a notable decline in corn condition, which is now below 2014 and 2016.


 

Soybeans

soybeans progress july 15 2018Soybean condition has held up better and remains well above last year, though it also has dipped below 2014 and 2016.

Seventy-eight percent of the crop in the 18 states is blooming and 44 percent are setting pods, both well ahead of average (63 percent and 23 percent, respectively).


 

 

Blooming

Pod setting

Poor/very poor

Good/excellent

 

7/22

Average

7/22

Average

7/22

7/22

18 states

78

63

44

23

8

70

Iowa

81

66

40

24

6

86

Kansas

74

47

30

11

18

46

Nebraska

78

71

40

23

3

85

South Dakota

68

66

38

26

8

65


 

Grain Sorghum

Sorghum ranges from 21 percent to 42 percent heading in the states we are reporting here, again ahead of average. Its condition began the season at 50 percent, improved for a few weeks, then tumbled to 49 percent this week.

 

Heading 7/22

Heading average

Poor/very poor

Good/excellent

11 States

42

40

16

49

Kansas

21

11

6

63

Nebraska

36

19

1

84

South Dakota

32

30

1

77

 

Wheat

Winter wheat in the 18 reported states is 80 percent complete, one point ahead of average. Kansas harvest is wrapped up, Nebraska stands at 82 percent and South Dakota at 47 percent, well ahead of its 38 percent average.

Ninety-six percent of the spring wheat is headed, three points ahead of average. South Dakota’s crop is right on its 99 percent average. Condition in the reporting states is at 4 percent in the lowest two categories and 49 percent in the top two. South Dakota’s crop is rated 14 percent poor/very poor and 49 percent good/excellent.

Pasture/range

A slight worsening is reported in the 48 states -- now 26 percent poor/very poor and 45 percent good/excellent, compared with 25 and 47 percent respectively a week ago.

State

Poor/very poor

Good/excellent

Iowa

15

58

Kansas

34

28

Nebraska

8

73

South Dakota

10

63

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