Cooler Weather Slows Progress of Nation's Row CropsMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:47:39 CDT
The nation's row crops are showing some impacts of stress and the cool weather has delayed progress. The nation's corn and cotton crops fell in their latest condition rating, while soybeans and sorghum held steady. That's according to the latest crop progress report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In the top 18 corn producing states in the nation, crop condition fell by one point. Overall the crop gained one point in the excellent category with 69 percent rated in good to excellent condition, 21 percent fair and ten percent poor to very poor. Corn dented came in at 39 percent, four points behind the five year average of 43 percent.
The nation's soybean crop condition held steady for the second week in a row. In the top 18 soybean producing states in the nation, 63 percent of the crop was in good to excellent condition, 26 percent fair and 11 percent poor to very poor. The maturity of the crop was on track with the five year average with 87 percent of the crop setting pods.
The nation's cotton crop lost two points over last week. In the 15 main cotton producing states, USDA reported 53 percent of the crop rated in good to excellent condition. That's now only two points higher than the 2014 crop this week. USDA reported 83 percent of the crop was setting bolls, behind the five-year average of 92.
The nation's sorghum crop condition was mostly unchanged, as 68 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition. That's nearly unchanged from last week and ten points better than last year's crop this week. Maturity was running three points ahead of the five year average with 48 percent of the crop coloring.
Click here for the full national crop progress report.
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