WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Corn acres doughing moved within two points of the five-year average last week, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). With 90% of corn acres in the silking stage as of Aug. 2 and 29% 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 two weeks ago, the percentage of acres in the doughing stage trailed the five-year average with Kansas lagging a full 16 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 excellent this week. At this point last year, 73% of corn acres were in good or excellent condition.