Thanks to warmer temperatures, corn condition scores showed improvement from last week.  The improvement was in line with trade expectations as the crop is rated 68% good-excellent vs. 65% last week and 75% last year.

The western plains will be closely watched as the spring has been very dry which has resulted in deteriorating conditions.  Corn condition scores in South Dakota declined this past week as did the national spring wheat condition scores.

Corn and soybean progress is running very close to 5-year averages.

Conditions    (Good + Excellent)
Corn Conditions G/E: 68% TW vs. 65% LW, 75% LY
Winter Wheat Conditions G/E: 49% TW vs. 50% LW, 62% LY
Spring Wheat Conditions G/E: 55% TW vs. 62% LW, 79% LY
Crop Progress Summary
Corn Planted 96% TW vs. 91% LW, 97% LY, 97% AVG
Corn Emerged 86% TW vs. 73% LW, 88% LY, 87% AVG
Soybean Planted 83% TW vs. 67% LW, 82% LY, 79% AVG
Soybean Emerged 58% TW vs. 37% LW, 62% LY, 59% AVG
Milo Planted 55% TW vs. 44% LW, 56% LY, 60% AVG
Winter Wheat Headed 87% TW vs. 80% LW, 90% LY, 85% AVG
Winter Wheat Harvested 10% TW vs. (NA)% LW, 2% LY, 7% AVG
Spring Wheat Emerged 90% TW vs. 79% LW, 95% LY, 85% AVG


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Graphics courtesy of Advance Trading, Inc.