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September 26, 2017

2017 U.S. Corn Condition Steady, Soybeans improve Slightly

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

At this late stage in the growing season, the weekly crop conditions do not mean very much, but the market still pays attention to them.

Corn - The condition of the 2017 U.S. corn crop held steady last week at 61% rated good to excellent. Seven states indicated that the corn condition had improved last week and 6 states indicated that the corn condition had declined last week with 5 states unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the western Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in the central Corn Belt. The top five rated corn states are: Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas, and Kentucky. The five lowest rated corn states are: South Dakota, North Dakota, Indiana, Kansas, and Illinois.

Soybeans - The condition of the 2017 U.S. soybean crop improved 1% last week to 60% rated good to excellent. Ten states indicated that the soybean condition had improved last week while 7 states indicated that the soybean condition had declined last week with 1 state unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the central and western Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in the eastern and southern Corn Belt. The top five rated soybean states are: Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. The five lowest rated soybean states are: Kansas, South Dakota, Michigan, North Dakota and a tie between Illinois and Indiana.

Soil Moisture - The nation's soil moisture declined last week with 5 states indicating improved soil moisture while 12 states indicating lower soil moisture with 1 state unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the western Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in the central and eastern Corn Belt. The five states with the highest soil moisture are: Minnesota, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and North Carolina. The five states with the lowest soil moisture are: Illinois, Michigan, Kansas, Iowa, and Arkansas.