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CROP PROGRESS: Spring wheat drops; corn flat

Soybeans improve as winter wheat harvest reaches 28% done.

Spring wheat’s condition rating dropped for the third straight week, the latest being a four-point dip to 41% good to excellent, which was well under many trade forecasts. Declines were noted in five of the six states that the U.S. Department of Agriculture surveys.

Winter wheat’s condition slipped one point to 49% good/excellent. That crop was 28% harvested -- a pace that was ahead of last year and the five-year average.

Corn was unchanged at 67% good/excellent in USDA’s weekly progress report, but that was achieved by adding two points to the “excellent” category and dropping two points from the “good” category. Corn in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa improved one point, Missouri’s improved four and North Dakota’s improved three points. Kansas was down four points to 61% good/excellent -- the biggest decline among key producers.

Soybeans improved one point to 66% good/excellent, which was down from last year’s 73%.

In other tallies, corn emergence reached 98% to match the average; soybean emergence was 89% versus the 84% average.

“The western half of North Dakota received little to no rain, while parts of the east received up to an inch. However, many areas receiving rain were still short and need additional moisture soon to help crop development,” the state said in its report.

In addition, temperatures in North Dakota average 2-8°F above normal.

North Dakota’s spring wheat condition dropped one point to 42% good/excellent, and South Dakota’s was unchanged at 13%. Idaho’s crop dropped 11 points to 62% good/excellent.

Corn condition ratings dropped in Kansas, where hot weather was common. Kansas received rain but also wind and hail.

Soybeans improved in most of the key states, including Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. The Kansas crop improved seven points to 67% good/excellent despite the hot weather there.

Nationally, sorghum was 17% headed versus the 18% average. The crop was rated 66% good/excellent, down one point from a week ago.

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