(Posted Tue. Aug 20th, 2013)
Aug 19: The U.S. corn crop continued to make steady 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 doughing increased by 20 points last week, yet progress still lags behind the five-year average by 13 points. Reports also indicate that the crop condition remains nearly unchanged from the previous week with 61 percent of the crop forecast to be in good-to-excellent condition. Last year at this time, only 23 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, 87 percent of all corn acres are forecast to be in fair–to-excellent condition, with only 13 percent rated in poor or very poor condition. The crop condition forecast remained largely unchanged from a week prior, with only three percentage points falling out of the good and excellent rankings. 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 denting reports indicated that 11 percent of the crop had reached that stage of maturity by August 18, a six point increase from the previous week. This trails the five-year average of 30 percent by 19 points. The slight delay in maturation is to be expected given planting delays this spring.
Reports indicate that the silking stage has largely come to completion across the country.
To view the full report released today, click here.