(Posted Mon. Sep 24th, 2012)

Sept. 24: Farmers will complete corn harvest well ahead of schedule if conditions hold. Currently, nearly 40 percent of harvested acres have already been brought in, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. A full 26 points ahead of the five-year average and 13 points ahead of just the prior week, farmers across the country are working diligently to bring the crop in from the fields and get it into the U.S. corn supply.


“Even in times of drought, farmers continue to work tirelessly, always aiming to keep the crop cycle moving forward and improve their land,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “The drought may have taken its toll, but farmers remain committed to their work and to fulfilling their responsibility as stewards of the land. Right now, Congress has decided to recess rather than deal with the tough issues. Let’s keep the pressure on to pass the farm bill that our hard working farmers need.”


The report released also indicates that the crop condition across the country is holding stable as dropping temperatures have impeded any further damage. With much of the crop already harvested and thus more easily counted, the USDA Grain Stocks report scheduled for release this Friday should provide a clearer picture of the supply of U.S. corn currently available.


“We have been urging patience and calm over the past few months,” said Niemeyer. “A great deal of media coverage has relied upon preliminary data and projections to generate estimates that may prove unreliable. Determined and stoic by nature, farmers have trudged forward to resiliently make the best of a difficult year. Let’s show the same cool-headed spirit and wait for the best possible data before drawing conclusions.”


For the full report, click here.


The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Grain Stocks report is scheduled for release on Sept. 28, at 7:30 a.m. CDT. NCGA will release information and analysis shortly thereafter.