(DOWJONES)--About 76% of U.S. corn was in good or excellent condition as ofSunday, up from 75% last week, the Department of Agriculture said in a Monday report.
As much as six times the normal amount of rain fell in parts of the U.S.Midwest in the past seven days, according to the National Weather Service. Thatimproved soil conditions for recently emerged plants. In Iowa, the biggest U.S.grower of corn and soybeans, 83% of the crop earned top ratings, according tothe USDA.
In some areas, however, excess precipitation flooded fields, analysts said.About 73% of the U.S. soybean crop was in good or excellent condition, downfrom 74% last week, the government said. Growers in some parts of the Midwest "are sitting pretty because they didn't have the [heavy] rains," said Mike Zuzolo, the president of Global CommodityAnalytics in Atchison, Kan. "In Illinois, they're sweating getting 2 inches. Alot of beans are being described as 'scraggly' right now."
About 72% of the spring wheat crop was in good or excellent condition, up apercentage point from last week.Fifty-one percent of the cotton crop was in good or excellent condition, upfrom 50% a week earlier, and 69% of rice earned top ratings, on par with theprior week, according to the USDA.