(Posted Mon. Aug 31st, 2015)
Corn acres doughing surpassed the five-year average last week while corn denting met it, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 92 percent of corn acres in the doughing stage, 60 percent denting and 9 percent mature, the overall corn crop condition held strong with 68 percent of acres now rated in good or excellent condition.
With doughing surpassing the average by two percentage points and denting exactly equal to the average at 60 percent of all acres overall, the percentage of corn acres having reached maturity trailed the five-year average by six points. While the percentage of acres mature this week fell behind the national average by six points, it was likely due in large part to cool conditions across the Corn Belt. With higher temperatures forecast this week, progress will likely make faster gains by the next report.
Crop condition estimates remained approximately the same, with one point taken from the percentage of the crop rated good this week. At this point last year, 74 percent of corn acres were in good or excellent condition.