As of Sep. 26, U.S. corn was rated 59 percent good to excellent and 15 percent poor to very poor, unchanged from the week prior. Corn maturity was nearly three-fourths complete nationwide and was about 10 points above the five-year average. Harvest was 18 percent complete nationwide, up 8 points on the week and 3 points above the average.
Like corn, soybean crop rating did not change during the week, remaining at 58 percent good to excellent and 14 percent poor to very poor. Soybean leaf drop was 9 points above the five-year average at 75 percent, and soybean harvest was 3 points above the average at 16 percent.
Most warm and dry conditions are forecast through the Grain Belt this week, which should promote harvest. Some showers are expected to occur in the western region from Oct. 1 through Oct. 3 before moving through the rest of the Belt, potentially leading to some minor delays.
Corn & soybean crop condition indices
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