(Posted Mon. Sep 23rd, 2013)
Sept. 23: With harvest now underway across the country, the condition of the corn crop remains strong, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. With 55 percent of the crop in good or excellent condition, 40 percent of the crop had reached full maturity and 7 percent of all corn acres had been harvested by September 22.
“With harvest now underway, we grow closer by the week to having an accurate assessment of the 2013 corn crop,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson. “The reports of a quality crop bolster our hopes for our nation’s supply, but it is imperative that we keep in mind how much can change should the weather shift before harvest is complete.”
Harvest has now begun in all of the top 18 corn-producing states with only the exception of Minnesota and Wisconsin. While harvest progress trails 30 points behind this week in 2012, crop quality remains far superior with a full 31 points more listed in good or excellent condition. Harvest progress only trails the five-year average by nine points.
The corn condition remained largely unchanged from the prior week’s forecast with 13 percent of the crop reported to be in excellent condition and 42 percent in good condition, a two point increase from last week.