Nation's Corn Harvest Progressing- But WAY Behind Five Year AverageTue, 21 Oct 2014 10:20:21 CDT
The nation's corn harvest continues to be behind normal. The latest US Department of Agriculture report has corn harvest 31 percent complete. That's slightly behind last year, but 22 points behind the five year average of 53. Crop quality remained unchanged this week versus last at 74 percent rated good to excellent.
"While farmers are eager to get into their fields, wet conditions have made it difficult to do so in many areas," said National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling, a farmer in Maryland. "Harvest may run later than normal this year, but it still looks like we will break corn production records when it does come to an end. While we work tirelessly in our combines, we must also work to grow markets and to ensure we have the robust infrastructure necessary to move our crop so that farming remains profitable for the hardworking men and women in rural America."
Progress fell an additional three points behind average over the previous week, with the gap now a full 22 points. Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota have seen the least harvest progress with all three states lagging 30 or more points behind the five-year average.
Soybean harvest remains behind last year and the five year average of 66 with harvest reaching 53 percent complete nationally.
Cotton harvest was underway across all 15 states with 29 percent of the crop harvested. That's close to the five year average of 31. Overall maturity was slightly behind average.
For the full USDA report, click here.
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