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USDA Weekly Crop Progress     07/15 15:39

   Corn 17% Silking, 58% in Good-to-Excellent Condition

   Corn silking was at 17% as of Sunday, July 14, far behind the five-year 
average of 42%, and the crop was rated 58% in good-to-excellent condition, up 
slightly from 57% the previous week. 

By Anthony Greder
DTN Managing Editor

   This article was originally posted at 3:04 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 15. It 
was last updated at 3:39 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 15.

   **

   OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn and soybean development continued to lag behind the 
average pace last week, but conditions for both crops rose slightly, according 
to the latest USDA NASS Crop Progress report released Monday.

   As of Sunday, July 14, an estimated 17% of corn was silking, up 9 percentage 
points from the previous week but 25 percentage points behind the five-year 
average of 42%.  

   Corn condition, estimated at 58% good to excellent, was up 1 percentage 
point from 57% the previous week. That's still the lowest good-to-excellent 
rating for this time of year in seven years.

   "Among the top eight corn-producing states, Nebraska has the highest 
good-to-excellent rating at 77%, while Ohio and Indiana are at the bottom with 
38% and 39%, respectively," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. "In Missouri, 
only 32% of corn was rated good to excellent." 

   Soybean development also remained behind normal last week. NASS estimated 
that 95% of the soybean crop that was planted had emerged as of Sunday, 4 
percentage points behind the five-year average of 99%. Twenty-two percent of 
soybeans were blooming, up 12 percentage points from the previous week but 27 
percentage points behind the five-year average of 49%. 

   The soybean crop's good-to-excellent rating of 54% was up 1 percentage point 
from 53% the previous week. As with corn, the soybeans' good-to-excellent 
rating is the lowest in seven years.

   "Again, Nebraska tops the list with 71% of soybeans rated good to excellent, 
while Ohio was at 33%," Hultman said.

   Winter wheat harvest moved ahead another 10 percentage points last week to 
reach 57% complete as of Sunday, behind last year's 72% and 14 percentage 
points behind the five-year average of 71%.

   "The Kansas harvest is 81% complete, while Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma are 
all within 4 percentage points of being finished," Hultman said. 

   Seventy-eight percent of the spring wheat crop was headed, jumping 22 
percentage points from 56% the previous week, but was 9 percentage points 
behind the five-year average of 87%.

   Spring wheat condition was rated 76% good to excellent, down 2 percentage 
points from the previous week's 78% good to excellent, but still a high rating 
for the crop for this time of year, Hultman said.

   Twenty-four percent of sorghum was headed, 7 percentage points behind the 
five-year average of 31%. Sorghum coloring was estimated at 14%, behind the 
average of 19%. Sorghum condition was rated 74% good to excellent. Oats were 
87% headed, behind the average of 95%.

   Cotton squaring reached 60% as of Sunday, behind the average pace of 69%. 
Cotton setting bolls was 20%, also behind the average of 25%. Cotton condition 
was rated 56% good to excellent, up 2 percentage point from the previous week's 
54% good to excellent. Twenty-four percent of rice was headed, behind the 
average of 31%. Rice condition was rated 67% good to excellent.

   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                              17       8        59       42
Soybeans Emerged                          95       90       100      99
Soybeans Blooming                         22       10       62       49
Winter Wheat Harvested                    57       47       72       71
Spring Wheat Headed                       78       56       91       87
Cotton Squaring                           60       47       70       69
Cotton Setting Bolls                      20       13       30       25
Sorghum Headed                            24       22       30       31
Sorghum Coloring                          14       13       19       19
Barley Headed                             75       55       88       89
Oats Headed                               87       74       95       95
Rice Headed                               24       16       30       31

   **


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                3   9   30  48  10  3   9   31  47  10  3   6   19  51  21
Soybeans            3   9   34  46  8   3   9   35  46  7   2   6   23  53  16
Spring Wheat        -   4   20  66  10  -   3   19  70  8   1   3   16  67  13
Cotton              3   12  29  47  9   2   17  27  47  7   10  18  31  34  7
Sorghum             1   2   23  61  13  1   2   24  61  12  5   12  36  43  4
Barley              -   5   19  62  14  1   4   22  63  10  1   2   12  70  15
Oats                2   5   25  57  11  2   5   28  56  9   4   3   22  58  13
Rice                1   6   26  50  17  1   6   27  49  17  1   5   25  56  13

   **


National Soil Moisture Condition - 48 States
(VS = Very Short; SH = Short; AD = Adequate; SR = Surplus)
                                This Week       Last Week       Last Year
                             VS  SH  AD  SR  VS  SH  AD  SR  VS  SH  AD  SR
Topsoil Moisture             4   17  67  12  3   12  70  15  13  25  57  5
Subsoil Moisture             3   13  72  12  3   10  70  17  11  26  58  5

   Anthony Greder can be reached at anthony.greder@dtn.com  

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