June 24, 2013 — Corn planting in the top 18 corn-producing states is complete as farmers finished with a flurry during the past 2 weeks, according to USDA’s Crop Progress report issued today.

As for corn crop conditions, 8% of the crop was in “poor” or “very poor” condition, much improved over last year when 14% of corn was in “poor” or “very poor” condition. Corn in “good” or “excellent” condition was 65%, compared to 56% last year.
Some 92% of soybeans were planted as of last Friday, slightly behind the 5 year average of 95%. Last year at this time, 98% of soybeans had emerged, compared to 81% as of June 23, 2013. According to USDA, 7% of soybeans are in “poor” or “very poor” condition vs. 15% last year. Some 65% of soybeans are in “good” or “excellent” condition compared to only 53% last year.