Corn in Texas leads the nation
By Diego Flammini
Corn crops in 16 of the 18 primary production states are in the dough stage.
About 18 percent of the total American corn crop has entered the dough stage, the USDA’s Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin report says.
On a state level, corn in Texas leads the U.S. in this category.
About 65 percent of the state’s corn is in the dough phase of development.
Only 1 percent of corn in Colorado and Michigan is in the dough stage, and corn in Wisconsin or North Dakota has yet to enter that stage.
The USDA ranked 72 percent of the total U.S. corn crop as good or excellent.
Almost half of the 2018 U.S. soybean crop has set pods.
About 44 percent of the nation’s soybeans have podded, the USDA says. That figure is up from 26 percent last week.
Soybeans in Louisiana are 88 percent podded, which is the highest among the 18 documented states. That number is up 6 percent from last week.
Michigan’s crop is 21 percent podded, which is the lowest progress in the U.S., but is an increase from 9 percent last week.
About 70 percent of total soybean acres are in good or excellent condition, the USDA says.
American farmers continue to harvest the 2018 winter wheat crop.
Growers have combined about 80 percent of their winter wheat acres, the USDA says.
Producers in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas have finished their harvest.
Wheat farmers in Montana have only completed 7 percent of their winter wheat harvest, which is the lowest progress in the country.
The spring wheat crop has almost finished heading.
About 96 percent of the country’s spring wheat acres has headed, the USDA says. That statistic is up from 93 percent last week.
The spring wheat in Minnesota and Washington is headed.
Spring wheat in Montana is 89 percent headed, which is the lowest progress among the six documented states.
Suitable fieldwork days
Only California and Nevada experienced seven suitable fieldwork days in the week ending July 22.
During that week, the states with the fewest suitable fieldwork days were:
Minnesota – 4.6
Nebraska and West Virginia – 4.9
Massachusetts – 5.1
Weekly precipitation levels
The next Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin will be released July 31.
RLNielsen/Purdue University photo