U.S. corn in the dough stage increased by 15 percent from last week
North Carolina leads the U.S. in terms of corn in this stage
By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content
Almost 80 percent of the total American corn crop is in the dough stage, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.
76 percent of the corn crop is in the dough stage, which is up 15 percent from last week’s report.
The number is also down 1 percent from the five-year average.
On a state level, 97 percent of North Carolina’s corn crop is in the dough stage.
And 47 percent of the corn crop is Pennsylvania is in the dough stage.
Those numbers represent the states with the highest and lowest recorded figures.
American corn continues to progress into the dented stage.
29 percent of the total corn crop is in the dented stage, according to the USDA.
That number is up from only 16 percent last week, but down from the five-year average of 35 percent.
89 percent of North Carolina’s corn crop is dented and 5 percent of Wisconsin’s corn crop is dented.
Those numbers are the highest and lowest percentages of the 18 states documented.
And the USDA reported 48 percent of the total U.S. corn crop as “good.”
The U.S. soybean crop is almost finished blooming.
97 percent of the soybean crop has bloomed, which is up from 94 percent last week.
Soybean fields in Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Nebraska have completed blooming.
Only 84 percent of soybeans in Kentucky have bloomed, according to the USDA. That number is the lowest of the 18 states documented.
And 87 percent of the U.S. soybean crop has set pods, the USDA reports.
That number is up from the five-year average of 85 percent and an increase from last week’s figure at 79 percent.
Soybeans in Louisiana have finished setting pods.
64 percent of soybean fields in North Carolina have set pods. That’s the lowest percentage of the 18 states reported.
And the USDA rated 50 percent of the U.S. soybean crop as “good.”
Farmers have harvested 58 percent of the U.S. spring wheat crop, according to the USDA’s report.
That number is up from the five-year average of 51 percent, and up 18 percent from last week’s figures.
Farmers in South Dakota have harvested 88 percent of their spring wheat. That’s the most of the six states documented.
And farmers in North Dakota have harvested 52 percent of their spring wheat crop. That’s the lowest percentage, according to the USDA.
The USDA also rated 27 percent of the spring wheat as “good.”
Suitable Fieldwork Days
The states with the most days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 20 were:
- Washington, California and Nevada – 7
- Utah and Idaho – 6.9
- Montana – 6.8
- Arizona – 6.5
The states with the fewest days suitable for fieldwork were:
- Minnesota – 2.6
- Oklahoma – 3.4
- Louisiana – 3.7
- Mississippi – 3.9
Weekly Precipitation Levels
The next Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin is scheduled for release on Tuesday, August 29.