The U.S. corn crop is also beginning to enter the dough stage
By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content
67 percent of the U.S. corn crop is silking, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.
The number is down slightly from the five-year average of 69 percent.
On a state level, USDA officials recorded the highest percentage of corn silking in Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee. Each state is above 90 percent.
On the other hand, the lowest recorded percentage of the 18 states surveyed was Colorado, with 21 percent of its corn silking.
And the U.S. corn crop is also beginning to enter the dough stage.
About 8 percent of the total corn crop is in the dough stage, down from a five-year average of 13 percent.
The USDA rated 49 percent of the American corn crop as “good.”
69 percent of the American soybean crop is blooming, according to the USDA’s report.
That number is up slightly from the five-year average of 67 percent.
Of the 18 states recorded, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas have the highest percentages of soybean blooming. Each state is at 90 percent or higher.
The state with the lowest percentage of soybeans blooming is North Carolina with 46 percent.
And 29 percent of the total U.S. soybean crop is setting pods, the USDA says.
That number is up from the five-year average of 27 percent.
87 percent of soybeans in Louisiana are setting pods, the most of any state documented.
And Kansas has 15 percent of its soybeans setting pods, which the lowest of the 18 recorded states.
The USDA ranked 47 percent of the U.S. soybean crop as “good.”
Farmers have harvested 84 percent of the U.S. winter wheat crop, according to the USDA.
That percentage is up by 4 percent compared to the five-year average.
Producers in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas have completed their winter wheat harvest, the USDA said.
Farmers in Idaho have harvested 11 percent of their winter wheat crop, which is the lowest percentage of the 18 states recorded.
When it comes to spring wheat, 96 percent of the total crop has headed. That number is 2 percent higher than the five-year average.
Spring wheat in Minnesota and South Dakota is completely headed, according to the USDA.
The spring wheat crop in Idaho is 87 percent headed, which is the lowest of the six states documented.
And the USDA ranked 28 percent of the total U.S. spring wheat crop as “good.”
Suitable Fieldwork Days
The states with the highest number of suitable fieldwork days for the week ending July 23 were:
- Washington, California, Nevada, Montana, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island – 7
- Idaho – 6.9
- Oregon, Oklahoma and Wyoming – 6.8
The states with the fewest number of suitable workdays were:
- Ohio – 3.6
- Wisconsin – 4.2
- Indiana – 4.3
Weekly Precipitation Levels