For all intent and purposes, all of the 2019 U.S. corn and soybean crops that will be planted are in the ground, but the overall progress of this year’s crops continues to trail where they would typically be at this point.
While the latest USDA Crop Progress report indicates that 98% of corn acres have emerged vs. 100% a year ago and the 5 year average, only 8% of the crop was silking as of July 7. At his point a year ago 34% were silking and the 5 year average for this date is 22% of all corn acres.
Overall, 57% of the corn crop is considered in “good” (47%) and “excellent” (10%) condition. This is 1% ahead of the previous week, but 18% behind the 5 year average. According to USDA, the average for this date since 2015 was 75% in “good” (54%) and “excellent” (21%) condition.
Some 96% of soybean acres had been planted as of this past Sunday vs. 100% a year ago and the 5 year average of 99%. An estimated 90% of soybeans had emerged as of July 7. This compares to 100% a year ago and the 5 year average of 98%.
But like this year’s corn crop, soybeans are also lagging when it comes to plant maturity. According to the ag agency, only 10% of soybeans are blooming. A year ago on this date 44% of the crop was blooming and the 5 year average is 32%.
The condition of the 2019 crop so far is trailing the averages. So far, 53% of soybean acres are rated as “good” (46%) and “excellent” (7%). This is down slightly from the previous week when 54% was considered to be “good” (47%) and “excellent” (7%). The 5 year average for this date is 71% “good” (55%) and “excellent” (16%).