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USDA Weekly Crop Progress     08/19 16:08

   Corn, Soybean Condition Down 1 Percentage Point

   Corn was rated 56% in good-to-excellent condition and soybean condition was 
rated 53%, according to this week's USDA NASS Crop Progress report.

By Anthony Greder
DTN Managing Editor

   This article was originally posted at 3:07 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 19. It 
was last updated at 4:08 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 19.

   **

   OMAHA (DTN) -- Good-to-excellent condition ratings for both U.S. corn and 
soybeans slipped slightly last week, according to the latest USDA NASS Crop 
Progress report released Monday.

   As of Sunday, Aug. 18, the U.S. corn crop was rated 56% in good-to-excellent 
condition, down 1 percentage from 57% the previous week. That compares to last 
year's 68% and is the lowest good-to-excellent rating for this time of year in 
seven years. The crop's poor-to-very-poor rating category gained 1 percentage 
point to reach 14%. 

   "States with the worst good-to-excellent ratings are Indiana, Ohio and 
Missouri, while among major states, Nebraska had the best rating at 74% good to 
excellent," said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. "Traders were expecting a 
rise of 1-2 percentage points in the overall good-to-excellent rating."

   Corn development remained behind its average pace last week. Ninety-five 
percent of the crop was silking, 5 percentage points behind the five-year 
average of 97%. Corn in the dough stage was estimated at 55%, up 16 percentage 
points from 39% the previous week but 21 percentage points behind the five-year 
average of 76%. That was little improvement from last Monday's report when corn 
in the dough stage was running 22 percentage points behind the average.

   "Only 18% of North Dakota is in the dough stage versus an average of 58%," 
Mantini said. "Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are each 33 points behind the 
average."  

   Corn dented was 15%, behind last year's 41% and 15 percentage points behind 
the five-year average of 30%.

   Like corn, the condition of the soybean crop also fell 1 percentage point 
last week, from 54% good to excellent the previous week to 53% as of Sunday. 
That compares to the five-year average of 66%, and also remains the lowest 
rating since 2012.  

   "States with the worst soybean ratings are Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. 
Nebraska is once again the best rated at 72% good to excellent," Mantini said. 
"Traders were expecting a gain of 1 to 2 percentage points in the 
good-to-excellent category."

   The portion of the soybean crop that was blooming was 90%, 6 percentage 
points behind the five-year average of 96%. That was an improvement from last 
Monday's report when blooming was running 11 percentage points behind average. 
Soybeans setting pods reached 68% as of Sunday, 17 percentage points behind the 
average pace of 85%. That was also an improvement from last week's report, when 
soybeans setting pods were estimated at 22 percentage points behind the average 
pace. 

   "States the most behind in soybeans setting pods are Indiana, Michigan, 
South Dakota and Ohio," Mantini said.

   Winter wheat harvest crept ahead another 4 percentage points last week to 
reach 93% complete as of Sunday, behind last year's 97% and 5 percentage points 
behind the five-year average of 98%. 

   "Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are the slowest in wheat harvest 
progress," Mantini said. "Nebraska is 96% done while South Dakota is 76% 
harvested."

   Spring wheat harvest progress was up 8 percentage points from the previous 
week to reach 16% as of Sunday, well behind last year's 56% and 33 percentage 
points behind the five-year average of 49%. That was further behind normal than 
in last Monday's report when harvest was 22 percentage points behind average. 

   Spring wheat condition -- for the portion of the crop still in the field -- 
was estimated at 70% good to excellent, up 1 percentage point from 69% the 
previous week. Last year's rating at the same time was 74% good to excellent.

   "Minnesota's and North Dakota's spring wheat ratings remained at 83% and 71% 
good to excellent, respectively," Mantini said.

   Sorghum heading reached 75% as of Sunday, behind the five-year average of 
83%. Sorghum coloring was estimated at 31%, behind the average of 43%. Sorghum 
mature was estimated at 21%, behind the average of 26%. Sorghum condition was 
rated 65% good to excellent, down 1 percentage point from 66% the previous 
week. Oats were 60% harvested, behind the average of 78%.

   Cotton setting bolls was 85%, equal to the five-year average. Cotton bolls 
opening was at 24%, ahead of the average of 13%. Cotton condition was rated 49% 
good to excellent, down 7 percentage points from 56% the previous week. Rice 
headed was pegged at 88%, behind the average of 93%. Rice harvested was 10%, 
slightly behind the average of 13%. Rice condition was rated 68% good to 
excellent, down 2 percentage points from 70% the previous week.

   To view weekly crop progress reports issued by National Ag Statistics 
Service offices in individual states, visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/. Look for 
the U.S. map in the "Find Data and Reports by" section and choose the state you 
wish to view in the drop-down menu. Then look for that state's "Crop Progress & 
Condition" report.


National Crop Progress Summary
                                          This     Last     Last     5-Year
                                          Week     Week     Year     Avg.
Corn Silking                              95       90       100      99
Corn Dough                                55       39       83       76
Corn Dented                               15       7        41       30
Soybeans Blooming                         90       82       99       96
Soybeans Setting Pods                     68       54       90       85
Winter Wheat Harvested                    93       89       97       98
Spring Wheat Harvested                    16       8        56       49
Cotton Setting Bolls                      85       77       85       85
Cotton Bolls Opening                      24       20       16       13
Sorghum Headed                            75       61       86       83
Sorghum Coloring                          31       26       45       43
Sorghum Mature                            21       19       23       26
Barley Harvested                          31       15       62       59
Oats Harvested                            60       48       78       78
Rice Headed                               88       76       94       93
Rice Harvested                            10       7        14       13

   **


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   11  30  46  10  3   10  30  47  10  4   8   20  48  20
Soybeans            4   10  33  44  9   3   10  33  46  8   3   8   24  49  16
Spring Wheat        1   6   23  58  12  1   7   23  57  12  1   4   21  63  11
Cotton              2   13  36  41  8   1   9   34  47  9   13  20  25  33  9
Sorghum             1   6   28  52  13  1   5   28  52  14  5   13  33  41  8
Barley              2   5   20  58  15  -   6   20  57  17  1   3   18  65  13
Rice                1   5   26  46  22  1   5   24  47  23  -   4   23  59  14

   **


National Soil Moisture Condition - 48 States
(VS = Very Short; SH = Short; AD = Adequate; SR = Surplus)
                                This Week       Last Week       Last Year
                             VS  SH  AD  SR  VS  SH  AD  SR  VS  SH  AD  SR
Topsoil Moisture             10  26  58  6   10  27  57  6   13  25  56  6
Subsoil Moisture             8   24  62  6   7   24  63  6   13  27  55  5

   Anthony Greder can be reached at anthony.greder@dtn.com  

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