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USDA Weekly Crop Progress     08/03 15:52

   Corn Condition Unchanged From Last Week

   Corn condition was rated 72% good to excellent and soybean condition was 
rated 73% good to excellent as of Sunday, Aug. 2. Winter wheat harvest was 85% 
complete.

By DTN Staff

   This article was originally posted at 3:04 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 3. It 
was last updated at 3:52 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 3.

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   OMAHA (DTN) -- Despite a drop in top-corn-producer Iowa's good-to-excellent 
rating, the overall condition of the nation's corn crop held steady last week, 
USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday.

   NASS estimated that 72% of the corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition 
as of Sunday, Aug. 2, unchanged from the previous week and still the 
third-highest good-to-excellent rating in 10 years.

   "Illinois corn was rated 76% good to excellent, Nebraska 77%, Minnesota 85% 
and Wisconsin 81%," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "Iowa's 
good-to-excellent rating fell another 4 points last week to 73%."

   Corn development nationwide continued to run ahead of normal last week. 
Silking reached 92% as of Sunday, 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year 
average of 87%. Corn in the dough stage was estimated at 39%, 6 percentage 
points ahead of the five-year average of 33%.

   Soybean development also continued to run ahead of the average pace last 
week. Soybeans blooming was estimated at 85%, 3 percentage points ahead of the 
five-year average of 82%. The portion of the crop setting pods was estimated at 
59%, 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

   Soybean conditions improved slightly last week. NASS estimated that 73% of 
the nation's soybean crop was in good-to-excellent condition as of Aug. 2, up 1 
percentage point from 72% the previous week. The current good-to-excellent 
rating for soybeans is now the highest in 10 years, Mantini said.

   "Illinois soybeans were rated 76% good to excellent, Nebraska 79%, Wisconsin 
83% and Minnesota 85%," Mantini said. "Iowa fell another 3 points to 73% good 
to excellent last week."

   Winter wheat harvest slowed last week, moving ahead just 4 percentage points 
to reach 85% complete as of Sunday. That is 3 percentage points behind the 
five-year average of 88%.

   DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman noted that although winter wheat harvest is 
slightly behind normal, no significant problems have been reported.

   "Nebraska is within 4 percentage points of being finished, and South Dakota 
is 87% harvested," Hultman said. "Washington is one-third harvested, and 
Montana shows the least progress at 20%."

   Spring wheat harvest was also trailing the normal pace at 5% harvested as of 
Sunday, compared to the five-year average of 10%. South Dakota was leading the 
pack at 35% complete, Hultman noted.  

   Spring wheat condition increased another 3 percentage points to 73% good to 
excellent. That's the third-highest rating for the crop in the past 10 years, 
Hultman said.

   "Sixty-eight percent of the spring wheat crop in North Dakota is rated 
good-to-excellent, up 4 points from the previous week," Hultman said. "The 
highest rating remains in Idaho at 83% good-to-excellent, even after this 
week's 5-point drop."

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   To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics 
Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/. Look for 
the U.S. map in the "Find Data and Reports by" section and choose the state you 
wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state's "Crop Progress & 
Condition" report.

    

National Crop Progress Summary
                                          This     Last     Last     5-Year
                                          Week     Week     Year     Avg.
Corn Silking                              92       82       72       87
Corn Dough                                39       22       20       33
Soybeans Blooming                         85       76       68       82
Soybeans Setting Pods                     59       43       32       54
Winter Wheat Harvested                    85       81       80       88
Spring Wheat Harvested                    5        1        2        10
Cotton Squaring                           91       84       92       91
Cotton Setting Bolls                      54       42       55       55
Sorghum Headed                            55       44       42       56
Sorghum Coloring                          23       20       22       26
Oats Harvested                            49       32       29       43
Rice Headed                               59       43       55       68

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National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
                    This Week           Last Week           Last Year
                    VP  P   F   G   E   VP  P   F   G   E   VP  P   F   G   E
Corn                2   5   21  55  17  2   5   21  55  17  3   10  30  47  10
Soybean             1   5   21  58  15  1   5   22  57  15  3   10  33  45  9
Spring Wheat        1   4   22  62  11  2   4   24  60  10  -   5   22  63  10
Cotton              3   13  39  36  9   3   13  35  40  9   1   12  33  44  10
Rice                -   2   22  57  19  -   3   21  57  19  1   6   25  45  23
Sorghum             2   8   35  42  13  2   9   36  42  11  1   5   26  54  14
Oats                2   8   28  53  9   3   9   27  52  9   2   6   27  54  11
Barley              1   2   16  62  19  1   3   16  56  24  -   5   19  64  12




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