(Posted Mon. Jul 6th, 2015)
Corn crop maturity trailed behind the five-year average but the crop condition held steady, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 69 percent of acres still rated in good or excellent condition, seven points behind this time last year, the 2015 corn crop trailed the five-year average for percentage of acres silking by six points as of July 5.
“Given the wet conditions prevalent over much of the Corn Belt in June, it makes sense that corn fell behind in terms of maturity,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “Yet, with tasseling still ahead, a more advantageous mixture of sun, heat and well-timed showers could help the crop recover. As is so often true, the conditions prevalent during tasseling will play a sizeable role in determining the size of the crop at harvest.”
Corn acres entering the silking stage rose to 12 percent nationally, up eight points from the week prior. At the same time, the crop condition held relatively steady with acres rated excellent stable over the past week and those rated good rose by one point.
To view the full report released today, click here.