Area corn is on the up-and-up

News-Times/Jessica Votipka

Area corn is on the up-and-up, according to USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service and UNL Extension Educator Jenny Rees. “Overall things look good,” Rees said.

According to USDA, the majority of Nebraska corn and soybeans are in good condition.

USDA’s definition of “good” specifies a crop’s yield prospects as normal, with adequate moisture and only minor damage caused by insects and disease. A “good” rating also means there are but minor weed issues.

As of the week ending June 30, corn rated 1% very poor, 4% poor, 21% fair, 64% good and 10% excellent.

Jenny Rees, University of Nebraska Extension Educator for York County, said corn is on the right track. “Corn’s come a long way in the past two weeks,” she said. “The heat helped tremendously.”

By the end of June soybeans emerged were 96%, compared to just short of 100% last year and a five-year average of 98%.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 4% poor, 21% fair, 66% good, and 8% excellent. Rees noted that area soybeans have been seeing challenges from insects and recent hail. Soybeans are recovering from June hail nicely, though they are generally a little behind in growth, Rees said.

The USDA Crop Progress and Condition Report is released by USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service weekly. Data for this Crop Progress and Condition report was provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency, UNL Extension Service, and other state-level reporters.

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