CORN HARVEST CONTINUES AS MORE STATES MARK PROGRESS

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Corn growers in more states have seen harvest progress drive on this fall, with all but one of the 18 states tracked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture now reporting progress. Twelve percent of the corn …">

(Posted Mon. Sep 29th, 2014)

Corn growers in more states have seen harvest progress drive on this fall, with all but one of the 18 states tracked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture now reporting progress. Twelve percent of the corn crop has been harvested as of Sunday, still below the five-year average of 23 percent.

 

“While we’ve seen a lot of great weather across much of the Corn Belt, farmers are still taking their time to make sure the crop is mature enough to bring in,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a corn grower in southern Illinois. “With our second record crop in a row, corn farmers know they have a lot more work to do this harvest and want to ensure the quality remains high as the corn dries to an acceptable level.”

 

States reporting harvest progress for the first time this season include Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin; only North Dakota reported no harvest.

 

The USDA reported that 60 percent of the crop was now rated mature, compared to an average of 70 percent this time of year. The overall condition of the corn crop remained the same as last week, with 74 percent rated good or excellent, compared to only 55 percent in 2013.

 

Click here for the complete crop progress report.