(Posted Wed. Oct 15th, 2014)
The U.S. corn harvest for 2014 gained only seven percentage points in the last week, standing now at 24 percent, compared to a five-year average of 43 percent harvested by this date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. Crop quality continues unchanged, with 74 percent rated good or excellent.
“Right now, our growers are busy trying to harvest a record crop and, in many places, facing wet conditions which make it difficult to do so,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “While we work tirelessly in our combines, we realize that we must also work to grow markets and ensure we have the robust infrastructure necessary to move our crop efficiently and cost-effectively to meet demand.”
Harvest progress in the 18 states tracked now ranges from two percent complete in North Dakota up to 85 percent complete in North Carolina. Eighty-seven percent of the corn crop is rated mature, compared to a five-year average of 89 percent.
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