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September 22, 2020

2020 U.S. Corn Condition Improves 1% G/E, Soybeans Unchanged

Author: Michael Cordonnier/Soybean & Corn Advisor, Inc.

Corn - The condition of the 2020 U.S. corn crop improved 1% this week to 61% rated good to excellent. Twelve states indicated that the corn condition improved this week, 3 states indicated that the corn condition declined last week, and 3 were unchanged. Most of the improvements were found across the Corn Belt while most of the declines were found in Ohio and Wisconsin. The top five rated corn states are: Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, and Tennessee. The five lowest rated corn states are: Colorado, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Ohio.

The corn is 8% harvested and the warm and dry weather forecasted for this week should allow for more farmers to start their corn harvest.

Soybeans - The condition of the 2020 U.S. soybean crop was unchanged last week with 63% rated good to excellent. Eight states indicated that the soybean condition improved this week, 9 states indicated the soybean condition declined last week, and 1 was unchanged. Most of the improvements were found in the southern and eastern areas while most of the declines were found in the northern areas. The top five rated soybean states are: Wisconsin, Kentucky, Missouri, Minnesota, and Tennessee. The five lowest rated soybean states are: Iowa, North Dakota, Kansas, Ohio, and North Carolina.

The soybeans are 59% dropping leaves compared to 50% average. The warm and dry weather forecasted for this week should also push the soybeans toward maturity.

Soil Moisture - The nation's soil moisture declined this week with 1 state indicating improved soil moisture, 16 states indicating lower soil moisture, and 1 unchanged. The only state that registered improved soil moisture was North Carolina with all the rest reporting lower soil moisture. The five states with the best soil moisture are: North Carolina, Minnesota, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. The five states with the lowest soil moisture are: Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

It was basically a dry week last week so it was no surprise that the soil moisture declined last week. The forecast for this week is again dry across most of the Corn Belt with most of the moisture forecasted for the southern and southeastern U.S.