Corn condition has decreased slightly according to a USDA crop progress report released today. Across the U.S., 68 percent of acres are still rated in good or excellent condition, seven points behind this time last year.
Illinois saw an eight percent drop in the corn classified as GOOD or EXCELLENT, from 70 percent last week to 62 percent this week. Indiana saw a ten percent change and Ohio saw a shocking 19 percent change in GOOD and EXCELLENT corn.
U.S. corn acres entering the silking stage fell behind the five-year average by four points, with four percent of all acres up by June 28. At the same time, the crop condition held relatively steady with acres rated excellent stable over the past week and those rated good lowered by three points.
All the rain is definitely taking a toll on Illinois crops, with the total impact to U.S. corn is significantly less.
Today, the report released rated Illinois corn as 3 percent VERY POOR, 8 percent POOR, 27 percent FAIR, 49 percent GOOD, and 13 percent EXCELLENT.
Last week at this time, the Illinois corn crop was rated as 2 percent VERY POOR, 5 percent POOR, 23 percent FAIR, 54 percent GOOD, and 16 percent EXCELLENT.
Check out today’s blog post at Corn Corps for a lighter look at the overabundance of rain in the Midwest.