U.S. soybean and corn conditions got a bit better in the past week as harvest approached the half-way point.
Both ratings, involving crops planted in 18 selected states, were lower than last year's when soybeans were rated 63% good/excellent and corn was rated 61%.
Harvest for both was running ahead of last year's pace at 49% (vs. 40%) complete for soybeans and 41% (vs. 31%) for corn.
Among top-producing states, Nebraska had 60% of soybeans harvested and 29% corn harvested compared to Illinois, which had 43% soybeans harvested and 55% corn harvested.
As for quality, Nebraska had the best soybeans at 75% good/excellent and Nebraska, Illinois, and Indiana were tied for the best corn at 70% good/excellent.
For the full USDA report for Oct. 12 and previous weeks, click here.