Improved 3% for both beans and corn.
That's very unusual for late July.
Going to be another Summer with weather in this climate optimum that features the best growing conditions(the last 30 years) in recorded history.
1 year is just weather but 30 years(with just 1, major widespread drought-2012, when at least 3 droughts might be expected in the past) is climate.
The increase in the beneficial gas, CO2 has a great deal to do with it too.
It not only plays a key role in photosynthesis for all plants.........the optimal level is double the current atmospheric ambient level(and we will never get anywhere close to that) but it also causes plants to be more water efficient, their stomota don't need to open as wide to get CO2 and they don't lose as much water from transpiration.
Conditions for U.S. #corn & #soybeans surged 3 pts each this week to 72% good/excellent. Illinois, Nebraska & Kansas were among the big movers. U.S. corn and soy conditions have not jumped 3 pts during late July since 2001 (they both rose 5 in this same week).
The 2001 example is weird. Corn conditions fell a total of 10 pts in the prior two weeks before jumping 5, and then they fell 10 pts over the next three weeks. Soy was a similar trend, down 6, up 5, down 8. But either way, the 3 pt increases seen this week are rare.