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.