Iowa Corn Condition Rating Drops 10 Points to 59% Good to Excellent

Source: By Anthony Greder, DTN Staff • Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Despite the weather-related problems, the nation’s corn crop overall continued to mature at a near-normal rate. Seventy-six percent of corn was in the dough stage as of Sunday, 7 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 69%, while 23% of corn was dented, near the average of 24%.

Like corn, soybean conditions also fell last week. NASS estimated that 72% of the nation’s soybean crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Aug. 16, down 2 percentage points from 74% the previous week but still tied for the third-highest rating in at least 10 years.

“Iowa soybeans’ good-to-excellent rating fell by 8 percentage points to 62%, with the very-poor-to-poor category increasing by 5 points to 12%,” Hultman said.

Soybeans blooming was estimated at 96%, 2 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 94%. The portion of the crop setting pods was estimated at 84%, 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 79%.

Winter wheat harvest moved ahead another 3 percentage points last week to reach 93% complete as of Sunday. That remained 3 percentage points behind the five-year average of 96%.

“Montana and Idaho both have 40% of their winter wheat crops left to harvest with a dry forecast for the week ahead,” said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman.

Meanwhile, spring wheat harvest moved ahead 15 percentage points to reach 30% complete as of Sunday. That was ahead of 14% at the same time last year but 13 percentage points behind the five-year average of 43%.

“Spring wheat harvest progress in North Dakota is the slowest, at 19% harvested versus a five-year average of 39% for this time of year,” Hultman said.

“USDA said 70% of spring wheat crops are rated good to excellent, roughly as expected and up 1 percentage point from last week,” Hultman said. “Sixty-five percent of the spring wheat crop in North Dakota is rated good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from last week.”

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