(Posted Tue. Oct 13th, 2015)
Harvest is progressing nearly exactly on schedule according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today. With 42 percent of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, ranging from 88 percent of the North Carolina crop to 15 percent of Colorado’s and North Dakota’s, total progress came with in one percentage point of the five-year average.
“While estimates of the crop in the northern regions of the Corn Belt could still shift as harvest gets further underway, we can now see a clearer picture of the 2015 corn grown over much of the country,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a grower from Maryland. “Despite difficulties with early season flooding, the overall crop is on track to have the second-highest national average yield on record. At NCGA, we continuously work to grow demand for this sustainable, abundant crop as our nation’s farmers work hard to get it in the bins.”
Over the same period, estimates of the crop condition remained stable with 68 percent of the crop in good or excellent condition. At this time last year, 74 percent of the crop fell within this range.