65% of U.S. corn, 60% of soybeans good to excellent


By John Perkins, Brownfield

July 19, 2021


The USDA’s national condition ratings for corn and soybeans both improved slightly last week following rain in some of the drier parts of the Midwest and Plains. That is expected to be temporary, with hot, dry conditions in the forecast for many of the northern and western parts of the region, potentially lasting into early August.


65% of U.S. corn is rated good to excellent, steady on the week, but with 1% moving from good to excellent, with 56% of the crop silking, compared to the five-year average of 5%, and 8% at the dough making stage, compared to 7% on average.


60% of soybeans are in good to excellent shape, up 1%, with 63% of the crop blooming, compared to 57% on average, and 23% at the pod setting stage, compared to the usual rate of 21%...


... 33% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, down 1% on the week, with 27% called fair, unchanged, and 40% rated poor to very poor, up 1%...