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USDA REPORTS CROP CONDITIONS DECLINE
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The national corn and soybean condition ratings both dipped slightly over the past week.

As of Sunday, USDA reports 75% of corn is in good to excellent condition, down 1% from the week before, but that is still well above this time last year.

78% of the crop is silking, compared to 67% a year ago and the five year average of 75%, while 17% is at the dough making stage, compared to 8% last year and 16% on average.

71% of soybeans are rated good to excellent, 2% less than a week ago, but 8% more than a year ago. 76% of soybeans are blooming, compared to 62% last year and 72% on average, with 38% at the pod setting stage, compared to 18% a year ago and 31% on average.

83% of the winter wheat crop is harvested, compared to 80% both last year and on average. 93% of spring wheat has headed, even with a year ago and the average pace, with 70% of the crop in good to excellent shape, unchanged, but with 1% moving from good up to excellent.

52% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition, down 1%.


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