The crop in Louisiana leads the nation
By Diego Flammini
Soybean fields across the U.S. are beginning to set pods.
About 11 percent of the country’s crop has set pods, the USDA’s July 10 Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin report says.
On a state level, the soybeans in Louisiana lead the U.S. in terms of development.
About 75 percent of the state’s soybeans have set pods. That number is up from 63 percent last week.
Soybeans in South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota have only set 1 percent of their pods.
The USDA ranked 55 percent of the American soybean crop as good.
The American corn crop continues to silk.
About 37 percent of the crop has silked, the USDA says. That number is up from 17 percent last week.
Corn in Tennessee is 83 percent silked, which represents the highest percentage in the U.S. and a 23 percent jump from last week.
Corn fields in Colorado are only 4 percent silked, which is the lowest in the country.
The USDA ranked 54 percent of the national corn crop as good.
Growers continue to harvest the 2018 winter wheat crop.
Producers have combined about 63 percent of the winter wheat crop, the USDA’s report says. That figure is up from 51 percent last week.
Only farmers in Arkansas have completed their harvests. Growers in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina and Oklahoma have all finished more than 90 percent of their respective harvests.
Producers in Montana have yet to harvest any winter wheat.
The 2018 spring wheat crop continue to head.
About 81 percent of the U.S. spring wheat crop is headed, the USDA says. That number is up from 58 percent last week.
Spring wheat in Washington is 96 percent headed, which is the most among the six states documented.
The USDA ranked 66 percent of the spring wheat crop as good.
Suitable fieldwork days
California, Utah, Arizona and Delaware recorded seven suitable fieldwork days for the week ending July 8.
During that week, the states with the fewest suitable fieldwork days were:
Minnesota – 3.7
Iowa and Tennessee – 4.8
Ohio, Alabama and Louisiana – 5.1
Weekly precipitation levels
The next Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin will be released July 17.
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