Mid-South producers are reporting good starts to their cotton crops this season, according to USDA’s June 30 crop progress report. Tennessee reports 82 percent of its cotton crop in good to excellent condition, compared to 70 percent for Missouri, 69 percent for Mississippi and Louisiana, and 62 percent for Arkansas.

Nationally, 45 percent of the crop is listed in good to excellent condition.

Across the nation, USDA reports 22 percent of the cotton crop in poor to very condition, mostly due to conditions in four states: Georgia, 16 percent poor to very poor, Kansas, 21 percent, South Carolina, 34 percent, and Texas, 39 percent.

USDA reports that 95 percent of the U.S. soybean crop was planted by the week ending June 29, compared to 99 percent planted by the same time last year and a five-year average of 98 percent. Planting is still lagging in Missouri, 75 percent complete, Arkansas, 90 percent, and Tennessee, 93 percent.

Eleven percent of the U.S. corn crop is listed in poor to very poor condition, the same percentage as the previous week. Thirty-five percent and 22 percent of the North Carolina and Texas corn crops, respectively, are listed in poor to very poor condition. The percentage of the nation’s corn in good to excellent condition improved from 59 percent to 61 percent.

Eleven percent of the U.S. soybean crop is listed in poor to very poor condition, compared to 8 percent last year. Fifty-eight percent of the crop is listed in good to excellent condition, compared to 68 percent last year.

Sixty-four percent of the nation’s rice crop is listed in good to excellent condition, while only 6 percent is listed in poor to very poor shape. Mississippi lists 85 percent of its rice crop in good to excellent condition, followed by Missouri, 84 percent, Louisiana, 82 percent, Texas, 66 percent, Arkansas, 62 percent and California, 55 percent.

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