Status of 2018 Corn and Soybean Crops

10/09/2018

The USDA Crop Progress Report released on October 9th updated the status and condition of 2018 corn and soybeans. Ninety-three percent of the corn crop is now mature, ten percent over the 5-year average. A third of the corn crop has been harvested.

Soybeans have completed setting pods consistent with good soil moisture and climate conditions. Ninety-one percent of the crop has started dropping leaves, six percent ahead of the 5-year average. A third of the crop has been harvested

EGG-NEWS and CHICK-NEWS will report on the progress of the two major crops as monitored by the USDA and will continue posting updates through the end of harvest in October.

WEEK ENDING

Crop Parameter (%)

September 30th

October 7th

5-Year Average

Corn Emerged

Corn Silking

Corn Dough

Corn Denting

Corn Mature

Corn Harvested

100

100

100

86

26

100

100

100

93

34

100

100

100

83

26

       

Soybeans Emerged

Soybeans Blooming

Soybeans Setting Pods

Soybeans Dropping Leaves

Soybeans Harvested

100

100

100

83

23

100

100

100

91

32

100

100

100

85

36

       

Crop Condition

V. Poor

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Corn 2018

Corn 2017

4

3

8

8

20

25

47

49

21

15

Soybeans 2018

Soybeans 2017

3

3

7

9

22

27

49

49

19

12

Soil Parameter

 

V. Short

 

Short

 

Adequate

 

Surplus

Topsoil moisture: Past Week

6

13

63

18

Past Year

11

23

56

10

Subsoil moisture: Past Week

8

17

63

12

Past Year

12

26

56

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