U.S. corn production remains on track to produce an abundant, but not record-setting, crop according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released today. With projections to production, supply and demand unchanged from the May report, farmers now wait to see how the picture might change with the release of the Acreage report, which provides a survey-based estimate of the area planted and a forecast of harvest acres, on June 30.
“The farm economy continues to struggle, and that’s why it’s so important that we encourage and grow corn markets wherever possible,” said Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Stratford, Texas. “For many farmers, trade represents a critical revenue stream. Therefore, NCGA will continue efforts to protect agricultural interests during the North American Free Trade Agreement modernization process.
“At the same time, America’s family farmers also need policies that support a robust ethanol market to thrive. From protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard to supporting regulatory changes that would increase consumer access to higher ethanol blends, NCGA works hard on the behalf of America’s farmers to build a sustainable, thriving future for both their farms and their families.”
With all forecasts unchanged, the 2017/18 season-average corn price received by farmers remains projected to be between $3.00 to $3.80 per bushel. U.S. corn farmers are still expected to produce the third-largest corn crop on record, totaling 14.06 billion bushels.
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NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.