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July 6, 2016

2016 U.S. Crop Conditions - Corn Steady, Soybeans down 2%

Author: Michael Cordonnier/Soybean & Corn Advisor, Inc.

Corn - The condition of the 2016 U.S. corn crop held steady last week at 75% rated good to excellent. Ten states indicated that the crop condition had improved last week, 6 states indicated that the condition had declined, and 2 states indicated no change. Most of the improvements were found in the eastern and southern Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in the western and northern Corn Belt. The five states with the highest rated corn are: Wisconsin, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and a tie between Iowa and Nebraska. The five states with the lowest rated corn are: Michigan, Kansas, South Dakota, Missouri, and North Carolina.

The percentage of the corn rated good to excellent held steady this week and the condition of the crop is still rated better than last year and the long-term average.

Soybeans - The condition of the 2016 U.S. soybean crop declined 2% last week to 70% rated good to excellent. Five states indicated that the soybean condition had improved last week, 8 states indicated that the condition had declined last week, and 5 states indicated no change. Most of the improvements were found in the southern Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in the western and northern Corn Belt. The five states with the highest rated soybeans are: Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, and Nebraska. The five states with the lowest rated soybeans are: Arkansas, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, and South Dakota.

The percentage of the soybean crop rated good to excellent continues in a downward mode, but the crop is still rated better than last year and the long-term average.

Soil Moisture - The nation's topsoil dried out slightly last week with 7 states indicating that the soil got wetter last week and 11 states indicating that the soil got dryer last week. The wetter soils were found in the southern Corn Belt while the dryer soils were found everywhere else. The five states with the highest soil moisture are: Kentucky, Wisconsin, Indiana, North Carolina, and a tie between Kansas, Minnesota, and Missouri. The five states with the lowest soil moisture are: Michigan, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

The nation's soil moisture declined slightly last week. Heavy and widespread rains across the southern Corn Belt over the weekend helped to recharge the soil moisture in the region and keep the nationwide soil moisture from declining further.

2016 U.S. State Rankings
CornSoybeans
Weeks in Top FiveWeeks in Bottom FiveWeeks in Top FiveWeeks in Bottom Five
Wisconsin5Kansas5Wisconsin5Arkansas5
Minnesota5Ohio4Iowa5Missouri5
Colorado4Missouri4Minnesota4Kansas5
N. Dakota3S. Dakota3Tennessee4Michigan4
Tennessee3Michigan3Nebraska4N. Carolina2
Iowa3Indiana2N. Dakota2Mississippi2
Nebraska2Kentucky2Kentucky2Ohio1
Penn.1Pennsylvania2S. Dakota1Illinois1
  N. Carolina2  Kentucky1
      S. Dakota1