The impact of continuing drought in the Pacific North West and Northern plains seemed to be very evident in this week’s crop progress report.

Corn silking is 56% complete nationwide. That is 4% ahead of the five year average. Nebraska is at 54% silking and Kansas is at 57% silking. Both are at or close to their respective five year average. Meanwhile South Dakota is 27% at silking, down 6% from the five year average. (NOTE the audio has South Dakota at 9% there was a line error and Pennsylvania corn is at 9% silking.)

Corn entering the dough stage is now 8% complete. That is up 5% from last week and 1% ahead of the five year average. Nebraska corn is 4% in the dough stage and Kansas corn is 13% in the dough stage. Both are again near the respective 5 year average. Texas has the most corn in dough stage at 63% and South Dakota like many Northern states is at 0% for corn in the dough stage.

Corn condition nationwide is rated 65% good to excellent, that is unchanged from last week. Kansas corn improves 4% to 74% good to excellent. Nebraska corn improved 1% to 78% good to excellent. South Dakota corn was rated 30% good to excellent this week and North Dakota corn was rated 29% good to excellent.

For the soybean crop blooming is now over the half way mark at 63% nationwide. That is 6% ahead of the five year average and a 17% improvement from last week. Kansas has 48% of the soybean crop blooming and Nebraska has 74% of the soybean crop blooming. Both are ahead of their respective five year average.

23% of the nations soybeans are starting to set pods. That is up 2% from the five year average and up 13% from a week ago. Nebraska has 30% of the soybean crop already setting pods. Nearly double the 16% five year average. Kansas soybeans are 14% setting pods. Just 3% ahead of the five year average. 8% of the South Dakota soybean crop has started to set pods. That is back 6% from the five year average.

As for soybean condition nationwide the crop improved 1% to 60% good to excellent. The Kansas soybean crop declined 4% to 68% good to excellent. The Nebraska crop improved 2% to 81% good to excellent. North Dakota soybeans were rated 20% good to excellent and South Dakota soybeans were rated 29% good to excellent.

The nations cotton condition improved 4% this week to 60% good to excellent. Kansas cotton was rated 63% good to excellent, down 2% from last week. Oklahoma cotton declined 9% to 56% good to excellent.

The sorghum condition nationwide was rated 68% good to excellent. Down 2% from last week. Nebraska was the one state to improve 1% to 81% good to excellent. Kansas sorghum declined 2% to 71% good to excellent. Colorado sorghum declined 1% to 79% good to excellent. South Dakota sorghum was rated 19% good to excellent.

Winter wheat harvest is now 73% complete nationwide. That is still lagging from 1% from the five year average. Oklahoma joins Arkansas this week at 100% complete for wheat harvest. Kansas has 96% of the winter wheat harvest complete and Nebraska has harvested 60% of the winter wheat crop. Montana is the state with the least amount of wheat harvested at 10%.

Spring wheat continues to be in poor shape with the national rating dropping 5% to 11% good to excellent. North Dakota spring wheat also dropped 5% to 11% good to excellent. South Dakota spring wheat improved 2% to 5% good. Washington spring wheat dropped 1% to 0% good and excellent. 88% of the Washington spring wheat crop is rated poor to very poor.

Pasture and range conditions in Kansas decreased 5% to 59% good to excellent. Nebraska pasture and range increased 1% to 29% good to excellent. North Dakota range decreased 1% to 5% good. South Dakota range decreased 4% to 2% good. 78% of South Dakota range is considered poor to very poor.

You can see the USDA data here:

https://downloads.usda.library.cornell.edu/usda-esmis/files/8336h188j/j3861543d/wp989g39z/prog3021.pdf

Listen to the full report with Clay Patton here: