By Kristy Foster Seachrist for Corn and Soybean Digest
The overall crop condition of both corn and soybeans has fallen again.
The weekly crop progress report shows the amount of corn rated in good condition across the country fell 3% from last week and soybeans fell 2%. The report showed 52% of the corn in good condition, 13% in excellent and 25% in fair condition. Last year at this time, 58% of the corn crop was good, 18% excellent and 19% in fair condition.
The amount of corn in the silking stage is behind where it was last year and the four-year average. The report states 19% of the crop is silking. That’s down from the 27% average or the 30% from 2016.
North Carolina and Tennessee lead the way with 87% and 81%. Meanwhile, Texas reports 65%, Kentucky 59% and Missouri 51%. In Kansas, 36% is silking and Illinois farmers report 33%.