(Posted Mon. Jul 29th, 2013)
July 29: The U.S. corn crop made rapid progress toward full maturity last week while remaining in good condition, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The percentage of the corn crop silking increased by 28 points last week, narrowing the lag behind the five-year average to a four point gap from a 13 point gap the week prior. Reports also indicate that the crop condition remains unchanged from the previous week with 63 percent of the crop forecast to be in good-to-excellent condition. Last year at this time, only 24 percent of the crop still fared as well.
“As the summer passes, we are pleased to see that the crop condition across the country remains strong,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a grower in Floyd, Iowa. “Despite wet, cool conditions this spring and, for some, this summer, farmers forged ahead to plant a near-record number of corn acres. Should favorable weather continue to fuel growth and maintain quality, U.S. corn farmers could produce a record crop in 2013.”
Currently, 89 percent of all corn acres are forecast to be in fair–to-excellent condition, with only 11 percent rated in poor or very poor condition. The crop condition forecast remained completely unchanged from a week prior, remaining strong across the country. This stands in stark contrast to condition forecasts at this time in 2012, which fell continuously as high temperatures and dry conditions hit large portions of the Corn Belt.
This week’s corn silking reports indicated that 71 percent of the crop had reached that stage of maturity by July 28, a 28 point increase from the previous week. This trails the five-year average of 75 percent by only four points.
The first report for the season on the percentage of the corn crop which has reached the doughing stage indicated that eight percent of the crop had matured to this point nationally as of July 28. While trailing the five-year average of 17 percent at this point, the slight delay in maturation is to be expected given planting delays this spring.
To view the full report released today, click here.