Corn’s condition stayed at 75% good to excellent in the latest week, but the excellent portion went to 15% from 14% and good slipped one to 60%, USDA said on Monday.
Soybeans improved 2 points to 74% good to excellent, which topped the year-ago reading of 67%.
Farm Futures calculated the mild improvement in corn added .4 bushel per acre on yield potential for a national average of 172.4 to 174.1 bpa and soybean potential improved by 1/3 bpa to 48.4 to 50 nationwide.
The progress report had corn emerged at 96%, up from the 94% average, while its soybeans were at 79% emerged versus 72% of last year and the 72% five-year average.
In Iowa, the corn was 99% emerged and rated 19% excellent, 61% good,16% fair, 3% poor and 1 very poor.
“Sunny and hot temperatures spurred growth and fieldwork progress during the week ending June 12, 2016,” the Iowa report said. “Statewide there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork, the second highest number of days suitable so far this year. Due to the spotty nature of recent rains, many parts of the state would welcome rain, while other areas have adequate moisture.”
Winter wheat’s rating slipped 1 point to 61% good to excellent. The crop was 11% harvested, with much of that being in Arkansas, California, Texas and Oklahoma. Kansas was 5% harvested.
Spring wheat was rated 79% good to excellent, with the excellent rating going to 12% from last week’s 11%. North Dakota’s crop improved 1 point to 85% good the excellent.
Spring wheat jointed in North Dakota was 57%, compared with 54% last year, but well ahead of the 32% average. Headed was 5%, compared with 1% last year and 3% average.
“Rain in the north was beneficial in most areas, however, there were isolated reports of producers reseeding crops due to excess moisture and hail,” the North Dakota report said. “The southern half experienced stress due to drought conditions and moisture was needed soon for crop development.”
Nationally, sorghum was 14% headed, compared with 9% last year and the 16% average. The crop was rated 71% good to excellent in the first rating of the season.
Cotton was 13% squaring, versus 11% a year ago and the 13% average. The crop improved to 53% good/excellent from last week’s 47% good/excellent.