USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says even with wetness and heat that was seen in the Midwest and the South respectively last week, conditions are still very good. He says that weather has caused a slight dip in the condition of the corn crop.
"We are now at 73% good-to-excellent, compared to 75% a week ago," Rippey said. "We've almost dropped to where we were this time a year ago at 72%."
Soybeans and cotton saw similar dips.
"Soybeans, 67% good-to-excellent, down two points from a week ago and we've now fallen off last year's number by one point," Rippey said. "Despite some of the heat and dryness cotton is holding its own at 62% good-to-excellent, equal to last week and far better than last year's crop of 42% good-to-excellent at this time."
Rippey also says that 84% of the spring wheat crop is in good-to-excellent shape.