Another slow week for U.S. crop development

The U.S. corn and soybean crops continue to develop slower than normal
after the slow start to the planting season. The states most heavily affected
include all of the Midwest and much of the Plains.

The USDA says 17% of corn is silking, compared to the five-year average of 42%, with 58% of the crop is rated good to excellent, up 1% on the week, but down 14% from last year.

95% of soybeans have emerged and 22% is blooming, compared to 49% on average, with 54% of the crop called good to excellent, also up 1% on the week, but 15% below a year ago.

57% of winter wheat is harvested, compared to the usual pace of 71%.

78% of spring wheat has headed with 76% of the crop in good to excellent shape, down 2% on the week.

60% of the cotton crop is squaring and 20% is at the boll setting stage, both behind average, with 56% rated good to excellent, an improvement of 2% and 15% on the year.

24% of rice has headed, compared to 31% typically this time of year, and 67% of the crop is in good to excellent condition, 1% more than last week, but 2% less than last year.

68% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are rated good to excellent, unchanged from a week ago.