Yesterday, USDA reported that 75% of the U.S. corn crop was in  “good” (53%) or “excellent” (22%) condition. This is down slightly from the previous week with 76% of the corn crop rated either “good” (54%) or “excellent” (22%). It’s well above a year ago when 63% of U.S. corn was either “good” (46%) or “excellent” (17%). 

According to USDA, 78% of the corn crop is silking. This compares with 56% a week earlier and 67% a year ago. It’s also above the 5-year average of 75%. 

The ag agency also reported that 71% of the U.S. soybean crop was in “good” (55%) or “excellent” condition (16%). A week ago, 73% of soybeans were rated as “good” (57%) or “excellent” (16%). This compares with 63% in “good” (50%) or “excellent” (13%) condition for the same date in 2013.

USDA said that 76% of the U.S. soybean crop was blooming (18% setting pods) as of July 27. This is up compared to the previous week when 60% were blooming (38% setting pods).  The average of  the 2009-13 period is 72% of soybeans blooming (31% setting pods).