The condition of the US soybean crop was up slightly this past week, as crop development moved ahead of the average pace.
Monday’s USDA crop progress report showed 14% of the national soybean crop was already in the blooming stage of development as of Sunday, up from 5% a week earlier, 12 points ahead of last year and 3 points ahead of average. Meanwhile, the American crop was rated 71% good to excellent as of Sunday, up a single point on the week and well above 54% a year earlier.
The condition of the Illinois crop was up 8 points on the week to 68% good to excellent, while Indiana gained 5 points to 64%. The Michigan and Ohio crops both gained 7 points on the week to 64% good to excellent. On the other hand, the condition of the Iowa crop eased a single point to 83% good to excellent and North Dakota was unchanged at 70%.
In Illinois, 10% of the soybean crop was blooming as of Sunday, up 8 points from a week earlier but 2 points behind average. An estimated 10% of the Indiana soybean crop was also reported blooming as of Sunday, versus 1% the previous week and 8% on average. The Iowa crop was already 16% blooming as of Sunday, versus 1% last year and 7% on average.
The Ohio crop was 11% blooming, ahead of 5% on average, while North Dakota was at just 1% blooming, 8 points behind average. No crop was yet reported blooming in Michigan, versus 4% on average.
Across the country, 95% of the soybean crop was emerged as of Sunday, 4 points ahead of average.
Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.
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