U.S. Corn Condition declines 2%, Soybeans decline 1%

Corn crop condition of the 2018 U.S. corn crop declined 2% last week to 68% rated good to excellent. Five states indicated that the corn condition improved last week, 10 states indicated that the corn condition declined last week, and 3 states were unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the southern and eastern areas, while most of the declines were found in the central, western, and northern Corn Belt.  Nearly all the declines in condition occurred in the western and northwestern Corn Belt before the weekend rains moved into the region.

Soybeans crop condition declined by 1% last week to 65% rated good to excellent. Eleven states indicated that the soybean condition improved last week, 6 states indicated that the soybean condition declined last week, and 1 state was unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the central bean belt while most of the declines were found in the north and northwestern belt. 

It is a little unusual that the overall condition rating declined even though 11 states improved, and 6 states declined. The improvements were very small in individual states, whereas the declines were much more significant, thus lowering the overall rating.