By the end of June, American farmers planted 92% of the planned area with soybeans. On a similar date last year, the sowing of soybeans was already completed. Shoots appeared on 83% of the area, which is 15% less than on the same date last year and 12% less than the average over the past five years.
According to estimates by the US Department of Agriculture, this year the area of soybean sowing will be 80 million acres (32.38 million hectares), which is the lowest figure since 2013 and is 10% less than last year.
The state of soybean crops leaves much to be desired. As of June 30, 54% of crops are in good and excellent condition (71% a year earlier), 35% (23%) are in satisfactory condition, and 11% (6%) are in poor and very poor.