"While it's doubtful yields will set records this year, corn growers are still projected to produce a record crop with slightly higher acreage" says National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott. "Farmers are at the mercy of the weather but advances in biotechnology and production techniques allow us to better withstand difficult conditions and cultivate enough corn to meet all demands."

While the corn crop’s progress slipped a bit again this week, the overall maturity progress is generally  on track in most areas for a “normal” year, according to this week’s USDA crop progress report.

Based on conditions as of July 24, 62 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent. Corn is also maturing mostly on schedule with 65 percent of the crop reportedly already in the silking stage, down four points behind the 5-year average. Despite last week's intense heat over the entire Corn Belt, the corn condition degraded only four points from the previous week, points out NCGA.

According to this report, over 75 percent of the corn crop was rated as good to excellent in five states. Of these, Tennessee had the highest overall rating with 81 percent of the crop condition graded as good to excellent. Both Iowa and Nebraska rated nearly as high at 80 percent good to excellent. South Dakota and Wisconsin rated 78 and 76 percent good to excellent respectively.

"As farmers, we are proud that we are producing a quality, plentiful crop despite the poor growing conditions plaguing much of the Corn Belt," Schott says. "Even though drought and flooding continue to affect so many farmers, the vast majority of the corn crop is in well above average condition at this point."

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