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August 20, 2019

U.S. Crop Conditions Decline 1%, Corn 54% & Soy 53% G/Ex

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

Corn - The condition of the 2019 U.S. corn crop declined 1% last week to 56% rated good to excellent. Six states indicated that the corn condition improved last week and 10 states indicated that the corn condition declined last week with 2 states unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the central Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in the eastern and western Corn Belt. The top five rated corn states are: Tennessee, Colorado, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota. The five lowest rated corn states are: Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina, and Michigan.

The rainfall over the weekend was generally better than expected especially in the western Corn Belt. Many of the dryer areas of the eastern Corn Belt also received much needed rainfall although it was not as heavy as in the western areas. Even with the rainfall, the corn condition slipped 1%.

Soybeans - The condition of the 2019 U.S. soybean crop declined 1% last week to 53% rated good to excellent. Six states indicated that the soybean condition improved last week while 11 states indicated that the soybean condition declined last week and 1 state was unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the central Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in the southern locations. The top five rated soybean stares are: Tennessee, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Mississippi, and North Carolina. The five lowest rated soybean states are: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri.

The soybean condition also slipped 1% last week. The weekend rains probably came too late to be reflected in this week's ratings.

Soil Moisture - The nation's soil moisture improved last week with 12 states indicating improved soil moisture and 5 states indicating declining soil moisture with 1 state unchanged. Most of the improvements were found across the Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in the southern locations. The five states with the highest soil moisture are: Kansas, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, and Nebraska. The five states with the lowest soil moisture are: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, and Michigan.

The nation's soil moisture improved last week, which is beneficial especially for the later planted soybeans.