(Posted Mon. Jun 29th, 2015)
With U.S. corn just entering the silking stage, the crop condition declined slightly, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 68 percent of acres still rated in good or excellent condition, seven points behind this time last year, the 2015 corn crop enters the next growth state with solid potential.
“As wet conditions continue to plague farmers with June almost complete, the abundance of rain is beginning to take a toll on overall crop quality,” said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling. “Yet, with planting complete and tasseling still ahead, a more advantageous mixture of sun, heat and well-timed showers could help the crop recover. As is so often true, the conditions prevalent during tasseling will play a sizeable role in determining the size of the crop at harvest.”
Corn acres entering the silking stage fell behind the five-year average by four points, with four percent of all acres up by June 28. At the same time, the crop condition held relatively steady with acres rated excellent stable over the past week and those rated good lowered by three points.
To view the full report released today, click here.