(Posted Mon. Jul 21st, 2014)
The percentage of corn acres having reached the silking stage remained one point ahead of the five-year average last week, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The report also indicates that the overall corn crop condition remained strong, with 76 percent of all corn acres rated in good or excellent condition.
“Again this week, we saw crop condition remain strong while maturity moved ahead pretty much on pace,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Challenges remain ahead for farmers despite what appears to be an exceptional crop in the fields. Our nation’s corn farmers are using the best and most sustainable practices and most advanced tools to grow a quality crop that may surpass demand for fuel, food and fiber. It is imperative that we now work just as diligently to maintain and grow markets, maximizing both the potential of the crop for consumers and opportunities for farmers.”
On July 20, 56 percent of all corn acres had reached the silking stage, remaining one point ahead of the five-year average. States in which silking surpassed the five-year average, such as Missouri, Kentucky and Illinois, made up for lagging progress in states such as North Dakota and Pennsylvania, which trail the five-year average by 18 and 15 points respectively.
The 2014 corn crop condition estimate remained stable from last week, still indicating quality far superior to that seen in the 2013 crop at this point. With 76 percent of the crop in good or excellent condition and only one percent of corn in very poor condition, reports continue to suggest a crop of quality superior to that of the record-production seen the year prior. At this point in 2013, only 63 percent of the total crop was rated in good or excellent condition.