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June 17, 2014

U.S. Corn Condition Improves Slightly while Soy Declines Slightly

Corn - The condition of the 2014 U.S. corn crop improved 1% last week to 76% rated good to excellent. Eleven states indicated that the corn condition had improved last week and 5 states indicated that the corn condition had declined. Most of the improvements were found in the central and eastern Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in the northern and western Corn Belt. The top five rated corn states are: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Wisconsin. The five states with the lowest rated corn are: Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas, and Missouri.

Soybeans - The condition of the 2014 U.S. soybean crop declined 1% last week to 73% rated good to excellent. Five states indicated that the soybean condition had improved last week and 13 states indicated that the soybean condition had declined last week. Most of the improvements were found in the eastern and southern Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in the central and northern Corn Belt as well as the Delta. The top five rated soybean states are: North Dakota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, and a tie between Illinois and Kentucky. The five states with the lowest rated soybeans are: Kansas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Nebraska

Soil moisture - The widespread rains last week resulted in improved soil moisture. Fourteen states indicated that the soil moisture had improved last week while 4 states indicated that the soil moisture had declined last week. Most of the improvements were found generally across the country while the declines were found only in Arkansas, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The five states with the wettest soils are: Arkansas, Mississippi, Minnesota, Tennessee, and North Dakota. The five states with the driest soils are: Kansas, North Carolina, Nebraska, Iowa, and Michigan.