Corn harvest under way as conditions improve slightly

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Fifteen percent of the corn in the 18 top producing states has now been harvest, putting it on-target with the five-year average but behind last year’s pace. The USDA’s Crop Progress report released Monday also showed slightly better conditions than last week’s report.

Harvest under way
With more than half (63 percent) of corn now mature, the 2011 harvest season is off to a solid start. Nationally, 15 percent of corn has been harvested, compared to 26 percent last year and the five-year average of 16 percent. North Carolina has taken an early lead among the states as 82 percent of its corn has been harvested - the highest percentage reported this week.

Other states with a positive start on the harvest season include: Texas (69 percent), Tennessee (67 percent), Missouri (50 percent), Kentucky (44 percent) and Kansas (42 percent).

Overall, 11 of the reporting states were well behind the national average. Of course, North Dakota has yet to begin harvesting while Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin reported less than 3 percent of corn in their states harvested.

Conditions improve…slightly
Fifty-two percent of corn was rated in “good” to “excellent” condition this week, compared to 51 percent last week and 66 percent last year:

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Wisconsin and Nebraska each reported 76 percent of corn in “good” to “excellent” condition, making their fields the best conditions in the country. Other states reporting superb crop conditions include Kentucky (75 percent), Michigan (67 percent) and South Dakota (66 percent).

Not all the states have been treated well by Mother Nature this year though. The USDA reported 20 percent of the nation’s corn was rated in “very poor” to “poor” condition this week, and six states reported crops in worse conditions than the national average.

Texas again reported the worst conditions this week, with 68 percent in “very poor” to “poor. Texas corn has suffered greatly this year under extreme heat and drought, and the crop conditions continue to fall as we creep further into harvest.

Other states reporting a high percentage of crops in “very poor” to “poor” condition include North Carolina (53 percent), Kansas (48 percent), Missouri (44 percent), Indiana (29 percent) and Illinois (22 percent).

To read the report…

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barcode free  |  September, 27, 2011 at 02:58 AM

What conditions are there, which favored the good harvesting of the corn?

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