(Posted Mon. Dec 23rd, 2013)

Keywords: Trade US Grains Council

Dec. 23: Record production, high quality and minor weather-related impacts are the top-line findings of the 2013/2014 Corn Harvest Quality Report, released last week by the U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member.   "After a record drought last year, the world has been watching intently the 2013 U.S. corn crop," said USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight. "Production has rebounded, and quality is high despite some weather challenges. It's good news all around."   Total U.S. corn production of 13,989 million bushels set a new all-time record, and the average yield of 160.4 bushels/acre is the second highest on record. Weather was again the challenge, as a cold and wet spring delayed planting across much of the Corn Belt. Some areas also experienced flash-drought conditions in mid-summer, although this was generally offset by cooler temperatures.   These weather adversities slightly reduced planted acreage and yield, while harvest...

(Posted Thu. Apr 4th, 2013)

Keywords: Trade Crop Production Quality US Grains Council

Apr. 4: The U.S. Grains Council, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, released the second annual USGC Corn Export Cargo Quality Report yesterday. Despite the severe drought in 2012 that reduced the projected size of the U.S. corn crop, testing indicated the 2012 crop was superior in quality across a number of key variables to the U.S. 2011 harvest, which was already a high quality crop. “The National Corn Growers Association is extremely pleased with the findings of this report and, as farmers, we are pleased to be able to offer a quality crop,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “As a founding member of USGC, NCGA supports efforts like this report because we understand the importance of sharing accurate, current information with our customers. U.S. corn farmers have a great story to tell. Despite enduring the worst drought in five decades, we have produced one of the ten largest corn crops on record and continued our commitment to improving the...