With a late-summer dry spell, you could complain about the 2013 crops. But itâ€™s a matter of perspective.
â€śCompared to last year, conditions are not that bad,â€ť says Mark Schleusener, state statistician for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. â€śWe have 52 percent of soybean acres in good or excellent condition, and 57 percent of corn acres in good or excellent condition. I think, for the corn, if it were to begin to rain now, I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s going to help the corn. I think itâ€™s past that, but there are soybean acres, certainly, that would benefit from additional rain at this time.â€ť
Soybeans are just beginning to turn yellow: 4 percent now, compared to 38 percent last year at this time and 20 percent for the five-year average. For corn, 46 percent is in the dent stage, compared to 94 percent last year and 69 percent for the five-year average.