NAPERVILLE, Ill., July 5 (Reuters) - After a dry June,
almost all the U.S. Crop Watch producers have been anxiously
awaiting rain for their corn and soybeans, which panned out for
some over the weekend, preventing a likely decline in crop
But other areas missed the moisture, particularly the
eastern locations, and four of the 11 Crop Watch producers
trimmed corn conditions this week.
The soybeans were not as affected by the drier tendency as
Crop Watch conditions rose in the Dakotas and held steady
Each producer is reporting condition scores weekly for their
subject corn and soybean field using a 1 to 5 scale, where 3 is
average, 1 is very poor and 5 excellent. The condition scores
are mostly visual assessments, but producers next week will add
in yield scores, a measure of harvest expectations.
The 11-field average corn yield fell to 4.02 from 4.11 last
week. Indiana dropped to a 3 from a 4 last week, southeastern
Illinois to 4 from 4.5, and Ohio to 2.5 from 2.75. Nebraska also
shed a quarter-point, falling to 4, and all these reductions
were based on insufficient or no rainfall.
The corn health decline was partially offset by a rise in
North Dakota to 2.5 from 1.5, as ideal temperatures and a good
moisture base helped the corn recover from earlier hail and wind
The producers in Minnesota and Kansas would have reduced
corn conditions without the respective 0.7 inch and 1.25 inches
of rain picked up over the weekend. Both Iowa locations tallied
about 1.5 inches (38 mm) in the last week, and South Dakota was
the wettest with up to 2 inches or more.
That moisture combined with warmth lifted the South Dakota
soybean conditions by a quarter-point to 3, and North Dakota
also increased by the same amount, reaching 1.25. That bumped
the 11-field soybean average to 3.7 from 3.66 last week.
Many of the Crop Watch soybean fields are flowering, the
first reproductive stage. The Kansas corn is pollinating now and
the southeastern Illinois field is starting to pollinate, and
corn in eastern Iowa and Nebraska may be about a week away.
Most of the Crop Watch producers still want rain with
varying degrees of urgency, though the most critical situation
is in the three easternmost locations. Heat will also be of
concern this week across the central and southern Corn Belt,
A more active weather pattern this week is expected to bring
rain and storms to most of the Crop Watch locations, excluding
Kansas, with heaviest seven-day rainfall totals focused on Iowa,
northern Illinois and Indiana, and into Ohio.
The following are the states and counties of the 2022 Crop
Watch corn and soybean fields: Griggs, North Dakota; Kingsbury,
South Dakota; Freeborn, Minnesota; Burt, Nebraska; Rice, Kansas;
Audubon, Iowa; Cedar, Iowa; Warren, Illinois; Crawford,
Illinois; Tippecanoe, Indiana; Fairfield, Ohio.
Photos of the Crop Watch fields can be tracked on my Twitter
feed using handle @kannbwx.
Karen Braun is a market analyst for Reuters. Views expressed
above are her own.
(Editing by Matthew Lewis)