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Iowa crop condition ratings plummet

Scattered rain brought moisture to some parts of Iowa last week, but dry conditions continue to stress crops and pastures. USDA says farmers harvested corn for silage and cut hay, with the third cutting now 40 percent done. More than 70 percent of the corn crop... Read More.

Soybeans, corn up on decline in crop ratings

Soybeans were sharply higher on commercial and technical buying. The USDA’s national good to excellent rating slipped 1%, continuing the “tale of two crops” pattern seen this growing season, and there was also spillover from the strength in soybean meal. Soybean meal was... Read More.

Ohio corn, soybean ratings improve

Corn and soybean ratings improved last week in Ohio. The USDA says the average statewide temperature was just over four degrees warmer than usual, while precipitation was in-line with normal rates, and farmers had five days suitable for fieldwork. 59% of Ohio’s corn crop is... Read More.

Condition ratings fall in Arkansas

A lack of soil moisture is pulling condition ratings lower in Arkansas. The USDA says 54% of the corn crop is called good to excellent, 8% less than last week, with silking nearly complete, dough making and denting behind schedule, and maturity matching the... Read More.

Minnesota crop condition ratings trending higher

Beneficial weather helped improve crop condition ratings in Minnesota. The latest weekly USDA crop report shows corn considered good to excellent jumped from 64 to 68 percent.  Soybeans improved seven percentage points to 68 percent good to excellent. Crop development remains behind normal with six percent of... Read More.