Two-thirds of corn, soybean crops rated good to excellent
With corn planting essentially (and finally) completed, attention turns to emergence and the condition of the crop. USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report indicated about 92% of the corn plants had emerged as of June 16, compared to 100% for the comparable week a year ago, and 97% for the five-year average on that date. About 64% of the corn crop was rated good to excellent, pretty much on par with last year and the five-year average.
Looking at soybeans, about 85% of 2013 intended acreage was planted as of June 16, compared to 98% a year ago and the five-year average of 91%. About 66% had emerged as of June 16, down from 94% last year and the five-year average of 80%. About 64% of the 2013 soybean crop was rated good to excellent, better than the 56% rated good to excellent one year ago.
USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports are compiled from surveys of approximately 4,000 respondents covering about 10 crops.