Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin – Week Ending July 11

Here’s the latest planting update excerpted from the July 14 USDA National Agricultural Service bulletin (for week ending July 11)

Corn: Nationally, 16 percent of this year’s corn crop was at or beyond themasthead_logo1
silking stage, 4 points ahead of last year, but 16 points behind the 5-year
average. Progress remained at or behind the average in all States except
North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas where 92, 22, and 79 percent of the crop was silking, respectively. Progress was 2 weeks and just over 1 week behind the average pace in Illinois and Indiana, the second and fifth largest corn-producing States, respectively, while silking had not yet begun in South Dakota. With 71 percent of the crop rated good to excellent, conditions were unchanged from a week ago and 7 points above last year.

Soybeans: By week’s end, soybeans blooming advanced to 24 percent complete, 1 point slower than the pace a year ago and 19 points slower than normal. The most rapid development was evident in the western Corn Belt where 18 and 16 percent of the crop began blooming in Nebraska and Iowa, respectively. However, all estimating States lagged the 5-year average. Overall, 66 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition, unchanged from a week ago and 7 points better than last year.