According to USDA’s June 25 crop progress report, a prolonged drought in the Southeast and Mid-South is wilting dryland corn, soybean and cotton crops. The report describes conditions as of the week ending June 24.

Four percent of the U.S. corn crop has reached silking. Texas leads all states with 59 percent at this stage, followed by North Carolina, 42 percent and Tennessee, 41 percent. Seventy-one percent of the U.S. corn crop is listed in good to excellent condition. However, 55 percent of the corn crop in Tennessee is listed in poor to very poor condition. The state has very little irrigation capability to offset a prolonged drought in the Southeast and Mid-South.

Ninety-six percent of the U.S. soybean crop has emerged. In the Mid-South, soybeans are 90 percent emerged in Arkansas, compared to 98 percent in Louisiana, 100 percent in Mississippi and 84 percent in Tennessee. Seventy-two percent of Mississippi soybeans are blooming, compared to 47 percent in Louisiana.

Sixty-six percent of the nation’s soybean crop is in good to excellent condition.

The report says 41 percent of the nation’s cotton crop is now squaring. In the Mid-South, 83 percent of the Arkansas cotton crop has reached squaring, compared to 57 percent for Louisiana, 65 percent for Tennessee, 77 percent for Louisiana and 62 percent for Missouri.

Fifty-two percent of the nation’s cotton crop is listed in good to excellent condition. Several states are reporting a high percent of cotton in poor to very poor condition, including 76 percent for Alabama, 30 percent for Georgia, 22 percent for Missouri, 17 percent for Tennessee and 21 percent for Texas.

Twenty-two percent of the nation’s wheat crop had been harvested by the week ending June 24.

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