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USDA Weekly Crop Progress
Monday, August 31, 2015 3:36PM CDT

By Cheri Zagurski
DTN Managing Editor

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn condition ratings dropped slightly while soybean conditions held steady in the week ended Aug. 30, according to USDA's latest Crop Progress report.

Sixty percent of the nation's corn crop is in the dent stage and 9% is mature, compared to 39% and not available last week and five-year averages of 60% and 15%. Corn was rated 68% good to excellent, compared to 69% last week.

"These condition ratings resulted in a 1-point decline in DTN's Corn Condition Index to 164, which is still above the five-year average of 120," said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. "Monday's report was neutral for corn."

Ninety-three percent of the soybean crop is setting pods and 9% is dropping leaves, compared to 87% and not available last week and five-year averages of 95% and 7%. Soybean conditions were 63% good to excellent, equal to last week's rating.

"There was a 1-point increase in the DTN Soybean Condition Index to 153, which is still above the five-year average of 101," Hultman said. "Monday's report should be viewed as neutral-to-bearish for soybeans."

Spring wheat is 88% harvested, compared to 75% last week and a 62% five-year average. Spring wheat conditions are no longer reported.

"Monday's report is neutral-to-bearish for spring wheat due to this year's rapid harvest progress," Hultman said.

Sorghum is 58% coloring, 29% mature and 15% harvested; last week these numbers were 48%, 27% and not available, respectively. The five-year averages are 54%, 30% and 23%. Sorghum conditions were steady.

Oats are 95% harvested, compared to 90% last week and a 91% five-year average. Barley is 93% harvested, compared to 86% last week and a 67% five-year average. Barley conditions decreased slightly.

Ninety-four percent of the cotton crop is setting bolls and 22% has bolls opening, compared to 83% and 14% last week and five-year averages of 96% and 27%. Cotton condition worsened to 11% poor to very poor, compared to 9% last week.

Rice is 97% headed and 26% harvested, compared to 94% and 18% last week and five-year averages of 95% and 25%. Rice condition held steady.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Yr
Week Week Year Avg
Corn Dough 92 85 89 90
Corn Dented 60 39 50 60
Corn Mature 9 NA 7 15
Soybeans Setting Pods 93 87 94 95
Soybeans Dropping Leaves 9 NA 5 7
Cotton Setting Bolls 94 83 95 96
Cotton Bolls Opening 22 14 29 27
Sorghum Headed 95 90 91 90
Sorghum Coloring 58 48 60 54
Sorghum Mature 29 27 37 30
Sorghum Harvested 15 NA 25 23
Rice Headed 97 94 97 95
Rice Harvested 26 18 16 25
Spring Wheat Harvested 88 75 36 62
Oats Harvested 95 90 79 91
Barley Harvested 93 86 56 67
National Crop Condition Summary
(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)
This Week Last Week Last Year
VP P F G E VP P F G E VP P F G E
Corn 3 7 22 49 19 3 7 21 50 19 2 5 19 52 22
Soybeans 3 8 26 48 15 3 8 26 49 14 1 5 22 54 18
Cotton 3 8 35 45 9 1 8 38 44 9 4 12 34 39 11
Barley 2 7 26 48 17 2 6 26 49 17 2 6 30 52 10
Sorghum 2 5 25 56 12 2 5 25 56 12 3 9 31 47 10
Rice 2 4 28 48 18 2 4 28 47 19 - 3 23 54 20

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(AG)


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