Nation's Corn Harvest Progress Remains Slow, Quality Still HighTue, 14 Oct 2014 18:30:14 CDT
The U.S. corn harvest for 2014 gained only seven percentage points in the last week, standing now at 24 percent, compared to a five-year average of 43 percent harvested by this date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. Crop quality continues unchanged, with 74 percent rated good or excellent.
"Right now, our growers are busy trying to harvest a record crop and, in many places, facing wet conditions which make it difficult to do so," said NCGA President Chip Bowling. "While we work tirelessly in our combines, we realize that we must also work to grow markets and ensure we have the robust infrastructure necessary to move our crop efficiently and cost-effectively to meet demand."
Soybean harvest gained 20 points this past week to reach 40 percent completion nationally, which is behind the five year average of 53.
Cotton harvest was tracking close with the five year average with 22 percent of the crop harvested. Maturity was slower than normal with 77 percent of the bolls opening, well behind the average of 85.
For the full USDA report, click here.
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