According to the latest Crop Progress report from USDA, 11% of corn in the U.S. was reported dented in the week ended August 9, above the 6% reported dented this time last year but below the 5 year average of 12%. Texas led the charge at 67% of its corn crops dented. Nearly all corn (97%) was reported silking, still ahead of the 87% reported silking this time last year and the 5 year average of 95%.
A little over half (59%) of corn was reported in the "dough" stage, surpassing last year's progress of 34%. This also was more than the dough stage 5 year average of 52%. North Carolina and Texas tied for the lead at 84% of their corn in the dough stage. Corn crops in "good" condition came in at 53%, down slightly from the previous week at 55%. Crops in "excellent" condition were up slightly at 18%, compared to 17% the previous week.
Nearly all soybean crops (92%) were reported blooming, above last year's 79% and the 5 year average of 89%. Louisiana was the first state to reach 100% of its soybeans blooming this week. Three-fourths of soybean crops were setting pods, surpassing last year's 49% and the 5 year average of 68%. Louisiana also reported the most pods setting at 96%. Soybean crops in "good" condition dropped from 58% last week to 57% this week. Soybean crops in "excellent" rose to 17% from 15% last year.
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