(Posted Mon. Oct 27th, 2014)
Corn harvest progress gained on the five-year average last week according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Report released today. While 22 points behind the average last week, progress moved within 19 points of the average for a total of 46 percent of all corn acres harvested as of October 26.
“Harvest progress continues to move along steadily,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer in Maryland. “While we may be in our combines later than normal this year, but it continues to look like we will break corn production records when harvest does come to an end. While we work tirelessly to bring in the crop, we must also work to grow markets and to ensure we have the robust infrastructure necessary to move our crop so that farming remains profitable for the hardworking men and women in rural America.”
Progress moved closer to the five-year average of 65 percent, now standing at 46 percent of all corn acres harvested. States across the northern areas of the Corn Belt have seen the slowest progress with North Dakota laggings a full 30 points behind the five-year average.
Crop quality reports held stable for the third week with in a row with 74 percent of the crop still rated in the excellent or good category. This far surpasses the quality seen at this point last year when only 62 percent of corn acres were rated in this way.