U.S. corn growers experienced delayed planting due to wet conditions this planting season, and the corn crop as a result, is developing later than normal. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says only 6% of U.S. corn is silking, down 12% from this time last year.
"Corn condition though remains fairly good across the board; only in Texas and North Carolina, a couple of minor producing states do we see drought related problems," Rippey said. "Overall corn conditions are 69% good to excellent, just 9% very poor to poor; that's slightly up from a week ago, and down just 2% from this time last year."
For soybeans, only 8% of the nation's crop has bloomed, which is a 13% decrease from last year. Rippey says soybean conditions have caught up with last year at this time though with two-thirds of the crop good to excellent and 8% very poor to poor.
The portion of the crop rated very poor to poor this year is 2% lower than that of last year.
As of July 3, 97% of the winter wheat crop has headed. That's right on pace with the five-year average. Rippey says harvest of the crop is actually a bit ahead of the average.
"The wheat harvest continues to progress northward and has passed the halfway mark," Rippey said. "By July 3 56% was harvested. The five-year average pace is 52%."
Unfortunately, Rippey says the condition of the crop is not good with just 36% rated good to excellent and 41% very poor to poor. More than 60% of the winter wheat crop was rated good to excellent at this time last year and just 11% rated very poor to poor.
As for spring wheat, Rippey says progress is well behind schedule with only 13% of the crop headed by July 3 compared to the five-year average pace of 52%. Rippey says despite that late progress, the crop is looking fairly good. He says 70% of the crop is rated good to excellent and just 4% very poor to poor. That isn't quite as good as last year, when 83% of spring wheat was in good to excellent shape.