57% of U.S. corn, 54% of soybeans good to excellent

U.S. corn and soybean development made some strides last week, but remains slower than normal. Conditions in much of the Midwest have ranged from record wet during planting to drier over the past few weeks as both crops move through key development phases.

As of Sunday, 78% of U.S. corn is silking, compared to the five-year average of 93%, with 23% at the dough-making stage, compared to 42% on average. 57% of the crop is rated good to excellent, down 1% from the previous week and 14% below a year ago.

72% of U.S. soybeans are blooming, compared to the usual pace of 87%, and 37% have reached the pod setting stage, compared to 63% typically this time of year. 54% of beans are called good to excellent, unchanged on the week but down 13% on the year.

82% of the winter wheat crop is harvested, compared to 92% on average.

2% of spring wheat is harvested, compared to 14% normally in early August, and 73% of the crop is in good to excellent shape, steady with last week.

95% of cotton is squaring, 2% ahead of average, and 59% are setting bolls, 2% behind, with 54% in good to excellent condition, a week to week drop of 7%.

60% of rice has headed, compared to 73% most years, and 68% of the crop of the crop is rated good to excellent, unchanged from the week before.

58% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are called good to excellent, 6% lower than a week ago.

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