Coarse Grain Crop Progress

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports indicate 92 percent of the corn crop was planted by the end of May, which is slightly higher than the 5-year average. The end of June reports show the corn crop just entering the silking stage with 68 percent in excellent or good condition.

Corn acreage is estimated at 88.897 million acres planted (35.9 million hectares), which translates to an estimated total corn supply of 14.8 billion bushels (376 million metric tons). This is about 2 percent lower from the previous year.

The sorghum crop is 92 percent planted through the end of June with 68 percent reported as excellent or good condition. USDA estimates an increase of 11 percent from the previous year in total acres planted.

Barley is reported as 73 percent in excellent or good condition, which is 5 percent higher than the previous year. This is largely contributed to favorable weather conditions in the growing region.

Additionally, topsoil moisture across the United States is reported as 61 percent adequate, a level that crop development would be normal and unhindered.

USDA Crop Progress reports are available at