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June 19, 2013

U.S. Crop Conditions Continue to be Impacted by Wet Weather

Corn - The condition of the 2013 U.S. corn crop improved 1% last week and it is now rated at 64% good to excellent. Twelve states reported that the corn condition had improved last week and 5 states reported that the condition had declined last week. The improvements were found mainly in the eastern, western, and northwestern Corn Belt and the declines were found mainly in the central Corn Belt. The top five rated corn states are: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, North Dakota, and Tennessee. The five lowest rated corn states are: Iowa, Missouri, Texas, Minnesota, and Illinois.

Soybeans - In the first rating of the 2013 growing season, the condition of the 2013 U.S. soybean crop is rated at 64% good to excellent. The top five rated soybean states are: Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Nebraska, and North Dakota. The five lowest rated soybean states are: Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Arkansas.

Soil moisture - The weather last week was dryer and as a result, the nationwide soil moisture declined last week. Fifteen states reported that the soil moisture had declined last week and only three states reported that the soil moisture had gotten wetter last week (Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio). The five wettest states are: Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, North Carolina, and Michigan. The five states with the driest soils are: Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.