ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, U.S. — The percentage of U.S. corn acres silking finally surpassed the five-year average the week of July 20 while initial reports indicate that corn acres doughing lag the five-year average by three points according to a report released on July 27 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

With 78% of corn acres in the silking stage as of July 26 and 14% of corn acres in the doughing stage, the overall corn crop condition held strong with 70% of acres now rated in good or excellent condition.

Despite progress that led silking to surpass the five-year average across the country last week, the percentage of acres in the doughing stage trailed the five-year average with Kansas lagging a full 15 points behind that state’s five-year average for this point in the season.

Crop condition estimates remained approximately the same with one point added to the percentage of the crop rated good this week and the percentage of acres rated excellent holding steady. At this point last year, 75% of corn acres were in good or excellent condition.

To view the full report released today, click here.