Corn Silking Catching Up

As warmer, drier weather hits the Corn Belt, the USDA reports that the crop makes up for some lost time, but it's still behind.

Published on: Jul 22, 2013

It's the same old-same old when it comes to crop progress for corn, the crop is growing and catching up but it's still lagging the five-year average. About 43% of the crop is silking according to Monday's USDA Crop Progress report.

There are some bright spots - Indiana is ahead of the average in silking and Nebraska is close to average, but all other corn states are behind in this key measure. And with warm weather in the forecast pollination prospects could be an issue for the crop. As for condition, quality has slipped with 11% of the crop at poor to very poor versus 9% last week.

MOVING ALONG: Corn silking still lags the five-year average, and soybean bloom is still slow, but they continue to advance.
MOVING ALONG: Corn silking still lags the five-year average, and soybean bloom is still slow, but they continue to advance.

Soybeans: Meanwhile out in the soybean field, blooming is also behind. Ohio and Indiana are ahead of their five-year averages, but on the whole the crop is lagging. Only 46% of the crop is blooming versus 59% on average. And about 8% of the crop is setting pods, but by now it's more like 19%.

As for soybean condition, the report shows that soybean condition is holding about steady versus last week, with little change in crop condition. 64% is good to excellent while 8% is poor to very poor.

Winter Wheat: Winter wheat harvest has pretty much caught up with average now that 75% of the crop is in. Key states are finishing up - Oklahoma and Kansas are 100% complete and harvesters are moving north.

Spring Wheat: The spring wheat crop is heading out just behind schedule at 85%, and the crop is looking good. Right now 68% is good to excellent with just 5% poor to very poor. How the market reads these conditions remains to be seen.

Keep up with crop conditions and yield estimates on the Farm Futures Statistical Tables and Charts page.