For the fourth week in a row, corn and soybean conditions declined on USDA’s weekly Crop Progress and Condition report. Corn in the very poor to poor category increased eight percentage points to 22 percent and corn rated good to excellent dropped to 48 percent. Analysts say the corn crop continues to suffer through hot, dry conditions during maturation. They expect the national yield to come in well below USDA’s 166 bushels per acre.
Soybeans in the very poor to poor category increased 7 percentage points from a week ago to 22 percent. Soybeans rated good to excellent fell 8 points to 45 percent.
Seventy-one of the nation’s spring-wheat crop was in good or excellent conditions, down six percentage points from last week.
North Dakota’s topsoil moisture supplies are rated 38 percent short and 54 percent adequate. South Dakota’s are rated 28 percent adequate to surplus and 47 percent short.
Minnesota moisture supplies are rated 78 percent adequate. Topsoil moisture in Illinois has become a major concern as it is rated 52 percent very short and 37 percent short. Indiana’s topsoil moisture is at 62 percent very short and 29 percent short. Additional rain is needed in Iowa as well where topsoil moisture is 28 percent very short and 45 percent short.