Crop Conditions: Corn shifts lower for the fourth straight week

The markets have a new read on crop conditions this week, but most saw a move in the wrong direction, with corn shifting lower for the fourth straight week.

Corn is now rated at 67 percent good to excellent, which is a two point drop from last week. Soybeans remain unchanged from last week’s report, holding at 67 percent good to excellent. The winter crop took a one point fall, coming in at 51 percent in the top category. Spring wheat was the only crop to see gains, but not by much, as it is holding at 72 percent good to excellent, up one point from last week’s read.

The latest drought monitor showed an uptick in dry conditions across the Corn Belt, but recent rains have helped the situation there. More wet weather is expected this week, which is good news for producers in those areas.

Agriculture Shows
From soil to harvest. Top Crop is an all-new series about four of the best farmers in the world—Dan Luepkes, of Oregan, Illinois; Cory Atley, of Cedarville, Ohio; Shelby Fite, of Jackson Center, Ohio; Russell Hedrick, of Hickory, North Carolina—reveals what it takes for them to make a profitable crop. It all starts with good soil, patience, and a strong planter setup.
Champions of Rural America is a half-hour dive into the legislative priorities for Rural America. Join us as we interview members of the Congressional Western Caucus to learn about efforts in Washington to preserve agriculture and tackles the most important topics in the ag industry on Champions of Rural America!
Farm Traveler is for people who want to connect with their food and those who grow it. Thanks to direct-to-consumer businesses, agritourism, and social media, it’s now easier than ever to learn how our food is made and support local farmers. Here on the Farm Traveler, we want to connect you with businesses offering direct-to-consumer products you can try at home, agritourism sites you can visit with your family, and exciting new technologies that are changing how your food is being grown.
Featuring members of Congress, federal and state officials, ag and food leaders, farmers, and roundtable panelists for debates and discussions.
Host Ben Bailey hops in the tractor cab, giving farmers 10 minutes to answer as many questions and grab as much cash as they can for their local FFA chapter.