USDA Reports Improvement In Corn And Soybean Crop Conditions

(MENAFN- The Rio Times) This week, the USDA reported improved conditions for corn and soybean crops across the United States.

As of Sunday, July 7, 68% of the corn crop was rated in good or excellent condition, a slight increase from the previous week.

Additionally, 24% of the corn crop had reached the silking stage, a notable rise from 18% last year and 14% on average.

The soybean crop also showed progress. Nine percent of the soybean crop had begun setting pods , up from 8% last year and 5% on the five-year average.

Moreover, 34% of the soybean plants were flowering, a bit lower than last year's 35% but still above the five-year average of 28%.

Currently, 68% of the soybean crop is in good or excellent condition, a minor increase from 67% the previous week.

Spring wheat is experiencing positive developments as well. Seventy-five percent of the spring wheat crop is in good or excellent condition, which is a 3 percentage point improvement from the previous week.

The USD noted that 59% of the spring wheat had headed, down from 66% last year but close to the five-year average of 60%.

Winter wheat harvests have progressed significantly, with 63% of the crop harvested by last Sunday.

This marks an increase from 43% last year and 52% on average. However, the USDA did not provide specific condition data for winter wheat this week.
USDA Reports Improvement in Corn and Soybean Crop Conditions
Cotton crops presented a mixed picture. Fifty-two percent of the cotton crop had bloomed, slightly up from 51% last year.

Nineteen percent of the cotton crop was setting bolls, a rise from 15% last year and consistent with the five-year average.

Yet, only 45% of the cotton crop was in good or excellent condition, a decline of 5 percentage points from the previous week.

These crop conditions matter because they impact food supply, market prices, and farmers' livelihoods.

Improved crop conditions often lead to higher yields, which can stabilize food prices and ensure a steady supply.

Conversely, deteriorating conditions can lead to shortages and increased prices, affecting consumers and the agricultural economy.


The Rio Times

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