Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin – Week Ending July 18

Here’s the latest planting update excerpted from the July 21 USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service bulletin (for week ending July 18):masthead_logo7

Corn: By week’s end, 31 percent of the Nation’s corn crop was at or beyond the silking stage, on par with last year, but 23 points, or slightly over a week, behind the 5-year average. Despite significant jumps in development during the week, large phenological delays remained in Illinois and Indiana where the corn crop struggled to overcome setbacks caused by a slow start to planting earlier in the season. Overall, 71 percent of this year’s crop was rated in good to excellent condition, unchanged from a week ago, but up 6 percent from last year.

Soybeans: Blooming advanced 20 points during the week, leaving progress, at 44 percent complete, slightly ahead of last year, but 18 points behind the 5-year average. The crop was most developed in the Delta States of Louisiana and Mississippi; however progress was at or behind normal in all estimating States. In Wisconsin, continued cool, dry weather hampered crop development and caused a significant decline in crop conditions, as well. Overall, 67 percent of the soybean crop was rated in good to excellent condition, compared with 66 percent last week and 61 percent last year.