The latest report from the U.S.D.A. shows fields have started drying out again. The report shows 43-percent of topsoil rated in the adequate and surplus categories — which is a drop of 22 percentage points from the previous week.
A total of 66-percent of subsoil was listed with adequate or surplus moisture, that’s down 18 percentage points from last week. As for the condition of the crop, 35-percent of the corn has tasseled, well behind last year’s 95-percent and the five-year average of 70-percent.
Eighteen percent of the corn crop was silking, lagging behind last year’s 87-percent and the normal 54-percent. Overall, the corn development was about 10 days behind normal. The condition of the corn showed 14-percent was rated very poor or poor, 31-percent fair, 43-percent good and 12-percent excellent.
Thirty-six percent of the soybean crop is blooming — that’s behind last year’s 83-percent and the five-year average of 70-percent. The soybeans condition was rated at 11-percent very poor or poor, 33-percent fair, 43-percent good and 13 percent excellent.