U.S. corn rating up 1%, development still slow

U.S. corn and soybean development remains slower than average. Both crops got off to a slow start this year because of widespread planting delays and there is a lot of uncertainty about actual planted area. The USDA currently resurveying producers in 14 states with the results out in August.

As of Sunday, 98% of corn has emerged and 8% is silking, compared to the five-year average of 22%, with 57% of the crop rated good to excellent, up 1% on the week.

96% of the soybean crop is planted and 90% has emerged, with 10% of beans blooming, compared to 32% on average, with 53% of the crop called good to excellent, down 1%.

47% of winter wheat is harvested, compared to the usual pace of 61%, and 64% of the crop is in good to excellent condition, 1% above the week before.

56% of spring wheat has headed, compared to 73% normally, and 78% is in good to excellent shape, up 3%.

68% of pastures and rangelands are rated good to excellent, down 1%.