U.S. corn condition fell for the first time in several weeks as intense heat baked much of the country last week.
According to the USDA’s weekly crop progress report, 55% of corn was rated good to excellent, down 2 percentage points from the previous week.
The condition of the U.S. soybean crop also suffered in the heat.
Soybeans were rated 52% good to excellent, down 2 percentage points from last week.
USDA reports 80% of the winter wheat crop has been harvested, down about 3 percentage points from the 5 year average.
The spring wheat harvest is just getting started.
USDA says harvest kicked off last week with 2% of the nation’s crop harvested as of Sunday. That was slightly behind 3% last year and 5% for the five-year average.
USDA said 42% of the spring wheat crop was rated good to excellent, down 7 percentage points from last week.