(Posted Mon. Jul 22nd, 2013)

Keywords: Crop Condition Corn Crop

July 22: The U.S. corn crop remains in good condition while making rapid progress toward maturity last week, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. The percentage of the corn crop silking increased by 27 points last week, slightly narrowing the lag behind the five-year average to a 13 point gap. At the same time, crop quality forecasts held strong – with reports indicating 63 percent of the crop to be in good-to-excellent condition. Last year at this time, only 26 percent of the crop still fared as well.   “Early in the season, farmers pushed ahead to plant a record number of acres despite cool, wet conditions across much of the Corn Belt,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a grower in Floyd, Iowa. “Week after week, we are encouraged by reports that the crop condition remains solid throughout the country and that corn maturity is moving along at a reasonable pace given average planting dates this year. Should favorable...