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USDA Weekly Crop Progress
Monday, August 3, 2015 3:40PM CDT

By Cheri Zagurski
DTN Managing Editor

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn and soybean conditions were steady to slightly improved in the week ended Aug. 2, according to USDA's latest Crop Progress and Condition report.

Seventy percent of the nation's corn was rated good to excellent, equal to last week's ratings. "This resulted in a 1-point increase in DTN's Corn Condition Index to 168 which is still above the five-year average of 131," said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. "Monday's report was neutral-to-bearish for corn."

Sixty-three percent of beans were rated good to excellent, compared to 62% last week. "This resulted in a 1-point increase in the DTN Soybean Condition Index to 151 which is still above the five-year average of 135," Hultman said. "Monday's report should be viewed as neutral-to-bearish for soybeans.

Ninety percent of the corn is silking, compared to 78% last week and an 89% five-year average. Twenty-nine percent of the crop is in the dough stage, compared to 14% last week and a 31% average. Soybeans are 81% blooming and 54% setting pods, compared to 71% and 34% last week and 83% and 49% on average.

Winter wheat is 93% harvested compared to 85% last week and an 85% average. "Monday's report should be viewed as slightly bearish for winter wheat with harvest progress going well," Hultman said.

Spring wheat is 8% harvested, compared to 2% last week and an 11% average. Spring wheat conditions worsened slightly. "Seventy percent of the crop was rated good to excellent," Hultman said, "resulting in a 2-point decrease in DTN's Spring Wheat Condition Index to 169. The index is a little above the five-year average of 167. Monday's report is neutral-to-bullish for spring wheat due to the lower crop rating."

Cotton is 92% squaring and 57% setting bolls compared to 85% and 44% last week and 94% and 64% on average. Cotton condition ratings worsened in the last week. Rice is 63% headed, compared to 51% last week and a 59% five-year average. Conditions were steady to slightly better.

Sorghum is 57% headed and 29% coloring, compared to 45% and 23% last week and 53% and 30% on average. Oats are 43% harvested, compared to 27% last week and a 48% 5-year average. Barley is 17% harvested, compared to 5% last week and an 8% average. Sorghum and barley conditions worsened slightly; oats conditions held steady.

National Crop Progress Summary
This Last Last 5-Yr
Week Week Year Avg
Corn Silking 90 78 88 89
Corn Dough 29 14 33 31
Soybeans Blooming 81 71 84 83
Soybeans Setting Pods 54 34 54 49
Cotton Squaring 92 85 94 94
Cotton Setting Bolls 57 44 65 64
Sorghum Headed 57 45 54 53
Sorghum Coloring 29 23 34 30
Rice Headed 63 51 57 59
Winter Wheat Harvested 93 85 89 85
Spring Wheat Harvested 8 2 3 11
Oats Harvested 43 27 38 48
Barley Harvested 17 5 7 8
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 2 7 21 52 18 2 7 21 53 17 2 5 20 51 22
Soybeans 3 8 26 50 13 3 8 27 49 13 1 5 23 55 16
Cotton 1 9 33 46 11 1 7 35 47 10 3 11 33 42 11
Barley 1 6 25 51 17 1 5 25 51 18 - 4 30 55 11
Sorghum 3 4 25 59 9 2 4 26 59 9 2 7 32 49 10
Oats 4 7 21 55 13 4 7 21 55 13 3 9 25 53 10
Rice 2 3 25 50 20 2 4 25 49 20 - 5 24 51 20
Spring Wheat 1 6 23 56 14 1 6 22 56 15 1 4 25 56 14

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(AG)


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