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USDA Crop Progress report shows spring wheat improving; slight declines in corn, soybean conditions

The Crop Progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released Tuesday, July 5, 2022, for the week ending July 3.

Wheat with heads against a blue sky
A field of wheat near Hillsboro, North Dakota, on July 4, 2022.
Jeff Beach / Agweek
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WASHINGTON — The weekly U.S. Crop Progress report showed an improved spring wheat crop and small declines for corn and soybeans.

The Crop Progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service was released Tuesday, July 5, for the week ending July 3, delayed a day from its normal Monday release because of the Fourth of July holiday.

In the six spring wheat states, 59% of the crop is good, up 6% from previous week, and 7% is rated excellent, up 1% from previous week.

While the crop is behind the five-year average in heading, it is in much better shape than last year, when 50% of the crop was rated poor or very poor.

The overall corn crop declined a bit in condition with 11% of the crop rated excellent and 53% rated good; both down slightly from the previous week.

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Iowa's corn crop is the best in the Midwest, with 77% in good or excellent condition.

Overall, soybeans were 54% good and 9% excellent, down 1% in each category.

Here are key figures for the Upper Midwest from this week's report , with figures as of July 3 and few more Tweets from producers:

Corn

Iowa: 2% silking. Condition: 2% poor; 15% fair; 65% good; 18% excellent

Minnesota: 1% silking.. Condition: 1% very poor; 4% poor, 27% fair; 57% good; 11% excellent

North Dakota: 2% silking. Condition: 2% poor, 21% fair; 64% good; 13% excellent

South Dakota: No silking. Condition: 1% very poor, 2% poor, 22% fair; 65% good; 10% excellent

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Soybeans

Iowa: 90% emerged, 13% blooming. Condition: 1% very poor; 2% poor; 20% fair; 64% good; 13% excellent

Minnesota: 98% emerged, 6% blooming. Condition: 1% very poor; 3% poor; 28% fair; 58% good; 10% excellent

North Dakota: 97% emerged, 8% blooming. Condition: 4% poor; 28% fair; 63% good; 5% excellent

South Dakota: 98% emerged, 10% blooming. Condition: 1% very poor; 2% poor; 27% fair; 66% good; 4% excellent

Sunflowers

North Dakota: 97% planted.

South Dakota: 99% planted.

Spring wheat

Minnesota: 5% headed. Condition: 23% fair; 68% good; 9% excellent

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Montana: 21% headed. Condition: 8% very poor; 18% poor; 38% fair; 34% good; 2% excellent

North Dakota: 12% headed. Condition: 1% poor; 23% fair; 67% good; 9% excellent

South Dakota: 64% headed. Condition: 12% poor; 20% fair; 63% good; 5% excellent

Barley

Minnesota: 17% headed. Condition: 1% poor; 34% fair; 59% good; 6% excellent.

Montana: 40% headed. Condition: 9% very poor; 24% poor; 32% fair; 30% good; 5% excellent.

North Dakota: 29% headed. Condition: 3% fair; 87% good; 10% excellent.

Oats

Iowa: 91% headed. Condition: 1% very poor; 2% poor; 18% fair; 65% good; 14% excellent.

Minnesota: 32% headed. Condition: 1% very poor; 3% poor; 28% fair; 59% good; 9% excellent.

North Dakota: 24% headed. Condition: 10% fair; 83% good; 7% excellent.

South Dakota: 75% headed. Condition: 8% poor; 19% fair; 65% good; 8% excellent.

Winter wheat

South Dakota: Condition: 1% very poor; 21% poor; 31% fair; 36% good; 11% excellent.

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