US heat wave worsens condition of midwest corn, soybean crops

25 July 2011 23:02  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A massive heat wave that baked most of the US midwest last week had worsened the condition of corn and soybean crops, data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicated on Monday.

The condition of the 2011 crop in the top 18 corn-producing states was rated as 46% good, down 4% from last week.

Corn rated in poor condition climbed to 9% of the crop, up 2 percentage points from last week's rating of 7% in poor condition.

The USDA reported that as of 24 July, 65% of the corn crop was in the silking, or pollination, phase, a period when high temperatures can have the most harmful effect on crop yield.

Fortunately for much of the midwest, cooler temperatures with timely rains arrived over the weekend, limiting any crop damage.

The condition of the soybean crop in the 18 top-producing states also slipped, with 49% rated in good condition compared with 51% a week earlier.

By: Frank Zaworski
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