Crop Condition Improves Slightly; Progress Still Behind

A mature wheat field in eastern Nebraska.
Figure 1. A wheat field about ready to harvest and, in the background, a corn field in eastern Nebraska. (Photo by Paul Jasa)

Crop Condition Improves Slightly; Progress Still Behind

Crop condition improved slightly for corn and soybean, while crop progress continued to lag previous years in all categories, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the week ending July 21.

Corn condition rated 1% very poor, 4% poor, 18% fair, 62% good, and 15% excellent, slightly improved from last week's ratings of 1% very poor, 4% poor, 19% fair, 63% good, and 13% excellent. Corn silking was 40%, well behind 80% last year and 70% for the five-year average. Dough was 2%, behind 19% last year and the five-year average of 10%.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 4% poor, 22% fair, 63% good, and 10% excellent, slightly improved from last week's 1% very poor, 4% poor, 24% fair, 63% good, and 8% excellent. Soybeans blooming was 46%, well behind 76% last year and 71% average. Setting pods was 8%, well behind 37% last year, and behind the average of 25%.

Winter wheat condition rated 1% very poor, 3% poor, 14% fair, 65% good, and 17% excellent, an improvement from last week's report. Winter wheat harvested was 33%, well behind 79% last year and the five-year average of 76%.

Sorghum condition rated 0% very poor, 0% poor, 20% fair, 67% good, and 13% excellent. Sorghum headed was 17%, behind 34% last year and the average of 22%.

Oats condition rated 2% very poor, 4% poor, 24% fair, 59% good, and 11% excellent. Oats harvested was 14%, well behind 71% last year and 54% average.

Dry edible bean condition rated 2% very poor, 4% poor, 33% fair, 57% good, and 4% excellent. Dry edible beans blooming was 12%.

Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 2% poor, 14% fair, 67% good, and 16% excellent.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very short, 12% short, 76% adequate, and 11% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0% very short, 7% short, 81% adequate, and 12% surplus.