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September 5, 2018

2018 U.S. Corn Condition Declines Slightly, Soybeans Unchanged

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

Corn - The condition of the 2018 U.S. corn crop declined 1% last week to 67% rated good to excellent. Eleven states indicated that the corn condition improved last week, 6 states indicated that the corn condition declined last week, and 1 state was unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the northern and southern Corn Belt, while most of the declines were found in the central Corn Belt. The top five rated corn states are: Nebraska, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The five lowest rated corn states are: Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Kansas, and Michigan.

Soybeans - The condition of the 2018 U.S. soybean crop held steady last week at 66% rated good to excellent. Ten states indicated that the soybean condition improved last week, 6 states indicated that the soybean condition declined last week, and 2 states were unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the southern and western Corn Belt, while most of the declines were found in the northern Corn Belt and the Delta. The top five rated soybean states are: Nebraska, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. The five lowest rated soybean states are: Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and North Carolina.

Soil Moisture - The nation's soil moisture improved last week with 10 states indicating improved soil moisture and 8 states indicating declining soil moisture. Most of the improvements were found in the central and northern Corn Belt, while most of the declines were found in the southern Corn Belt. The five states with the best soil moisture are: Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, and a tie between Nebraska and Indiana. The five states with the driest soils are: North Dakota, Missouri, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Tennessee.