July 27, 2009

U.S. crops lag behind five-year averages

The U.S. corn crop remains sharply behind its five-year average with 55 percent reaching the silking stage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

Historically, 76 percent of the crop in the 18 largest corn-producing states has reached the silking stage by this time of year.

Rice is also behind its five-year average, with 29 percent of the crop headed out, compared to an historic average of 37 percent for this week of the year.

Ninety-three percent of the spring wheat crop has headed out, close to is historic average of 98 percent for the end of July.

Sixty-three percent of the soybean crop is in bloom. Historically, 76 percent of the U.S. soybean crop is in bloom at this point.

The cotton crop has reached the squaring stage in 88 percent of the acreage planted, matching its five-year average, the weekly crop progress report said.