Condition of major crops improves
by Laura Lloyd
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WASHINGTON – The US Department of Agriculture reported that corn in the 18-main corn growing states was 67 percent in good-to-excellent condition as of June 30 — an improvement of two percentage points over the previous week.
Silking was seen in 3 percent of the crop, down sharply from 22 percent at the same date a year ago and down from 9 percent as the five-year average. A total of 8 percent of the crop was rated poor to very poor, the same as last week, and down from 22 percent poor to very poor at the same time a year ago.
Soybeans in the 18 main soybean growing states was 67 percent in good-to-excellent condition, up from 65 percent in the previous week and significantly higher than 45 percent good to excellent on the same date a year ago, the USDA said.
A total of 66 percent of the oats crop was headed in the nine main oats-growing states, down from the 76 percent as the five-year average. As of June 30, 59 percent of the crop was rated good to excellent, up two percentage points from the previous week, the USDA said.
In the 11 main sorghum-growing states, 23 percent of the crop was headed, about the same as the 24 percent five-year average. The USDA said 49 percent of the crop was in good-to-excellent condition and 16 percent in very poor to poor condition. The previous week, 54 percent of the crop was rated good to excellent and 13 percent was in very poor to poor condition, the USDA said.