The U.S. corn crop is maturing rapidly and remains in good condition according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released today. Since last week, corn emergence came within three points of the five-year average, with 96 percent of the crop now emerged. With the crop now closing in on average progress despite a late planting season, reports indicate that 92 percent of the crop remains in fair to excellent condition. Last year at this time, only 86 percent of the crop still fared as well.
“As the crop matures, it is heartening to see that the vast majority of corn acres seem to be thriving despite the cool, wet summer weather,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson, a grower in Iowa. “While we certainly extend our support to those battling weather conditions, we also feel increasingly confident that, through hard work and given continued improvement in weather conditions, America’s corn farmers will once again grow a crop that meets all needs.”
Corn emergence continued to close the gap on the five-year average, with overall emergence shown on 96 percent of the total corn acres in the top 18 corn-producing states by June 23. The lags behind the five-year average of 99 percent emerged at this point, but it even further narrows the gap to only three points versus five points just a week prior and seven a week before that.
The report included USDA’s fourth assessment of the corn crop condition for this year. Currently, 92 percent of all corn acres are forecast to be in fair to excellent condition with only eight percent rated in poor or very poor condition. While this overall number held steady from last week, the percentage of the crop forecast to be in excellent condition increased by two points since June 17. Last year, 86 percent of the crop was estimated to be in fair to excellent condition at this time, and only 11 percent of the crop was estimated to be in excellent condition.