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August 6, 2019

U.S. Crop Conditions Unchanged to slightly down

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

Corn - The condition of the 2019 U.S. corn crop declined 1% last week to 57% rated good to excellent. Nine states indicated that the corn condition improved last week while 8 states indicated that the corn condition declined last week and one state was unchanged. The improvements and declines were found scattered across the Corn Belt. The top five rated corn states are: Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Kentucky, and a tie between Nebraska and North Dakota. The five lowest rated corn states are: Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, Missouri, and Illinois.

The early planted corn should do OK, it's the later planted corn that is most at risk from the drying conditions.

Soybeans - The condition of the 2019 U.S. soybean crop was unchanged last week at 54% rated good to excellent. Nine states indicated that the soybean condition improved last week while 7 states indicated that the soybean condition declined last week and 2 states were unchanged. There was no distinct pattern this week for the improvements and declines. The top five rated soybean states are: Tennessee, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Nebraska. The five lowest rated soybean states are: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri.

The later planted soybeans in the eastern Corn Belt could be in big trouble if they do not receive rain in the immediate future.

Soil Moisture - The nation's soil moisture continued to decline last week with 2 states indicating improved soil moisture and 15 states indicating declining soil moisture with 1 state unchanged. The 2 states that indicated improved soil moisture were Kansas and Louisiana, while all the other states indicated declining soil moisture. The five states with the best soil moisture are: South Dakota, Mississippi, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The five states with the lowest soil moisture are: Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, Iowa, and Michigan.

It's no surprise the soil moisture declined last week given the lack of rainfall in the central and eastern Corn Belt.