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September 12, 2018

U.S. Crop Conditions Improve due to additional Moisture

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

Corn - The condition of the 2018 U.S. corn crop improved 1% last week to 68% rated good to excellent. Nine states indicated that the corn condition improved last week, 6 states indicated that the corn condition declined last week, and 3 states was unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the central and eastern Corn Belt, while most of the declines were found in the western and northwestern Corn Belt. The top five rated corn states are: Nebraska, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The five lowest rated corn states are: Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Kansas, and Michigan.

The 2018 U.S. corn crop is 35% mature compared to 20% last year and 21% for the 5-year average. The corn is 5% harvested compared to 5% last year and 3% for the 5-year average.

Soybeans - The condition of the 2018 U.S. soybean crop improved 2% last week to 68% rated good to excellent. Ten states indicated that the soybean condition improved last week, 4 states indicated that the soybean condition declined last week, and 4 states were unchanged. Most of the improvements were found across the Corn Belt, while most of the declines were found in the southern locations. The top five rated soybean states are: Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Mississippi. The five lowest rated soybean states are: Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Louisiana.

The 2018 U.S. soybean crop is 31% dropping leaves compared to 20% last year and 19% for the 5-year average.

Soil Moisture - The nation's soil moisture improved last week with 14 states indicating improved soil moisture and 4 states indicating declining soil moisture. Most of the improvements were found across the Corn Belt, while most of the declines were found in the northern Corn Belt. The five states with the best soil moisture are: Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, and Mississippi. The five states with the driest soils are: North Dakota, South Dakota, North Carolina, Missouri, and Tennessee.

The soil moisture improved again last week for the fourth week in a row and the soil moisture is now as good as it has been any time during the growing season. The soybeans are benefiting more than the corn from the improved soil moisture and it is very unusual to be this wet nationwide in early September.